The Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region has one of the best combinations of land and climate for the cold-weather grapes that produce its most popular white wines. Its position in the northeastern part of Italy sets the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region up for a perfect blend of air currents. The ocean currents that come in from the Adriatic Sea mix with the colder currents from the Alps to create a perfectly hospitable climate for the vineyards.
Besides favorable weather, another thing that Friulians have on their side for great viniculture is a tradition of working with the vines for many centuries. Friulians have been able to observe the grapes that are native to the region and create the best technique in working with them. They have also brought in some grapes from around the world and adapted them to the area [source: Anderson].
The land in which the vines grow in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region is just as varied as the cultural influences it has gained from nearby countries and past invaders. Soils can range from really rocky to clay influenced by sand and chalk. The best area in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region for vines is the slopes and hills of the pre-Alp landscape. This doesn't mean that vineyards don't do well in other areas, as the low-lying lands covered with smaller hills and plains do produce decent grapes, too [source: Berberoglu].
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