White wines are what the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region is known for. These wines traditionally have a pear or apple smell. They range from light to medium-bodied and have an acidic undertone and are very fresh and fruity. Some local varietals to look into are Friuli's Malvasia Istriana, Ribolla Gialla and Verduzzo.
The light red wines that come out of this region are its second most famous variety of wine. Red wines from this region are typically light-bodied and fruity. The Friulian reds don't rely too heavily on aging and oak barrels. Most of the reds are at their best within a few years after any particular harvest season. One native red wine is Refosco, but the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region does produce Merlots and Cabernets as well [source: Anderson]. Don't forget about sparkling and spumante versions of wine, too.
With the coming of spring and summer in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region, there are events that celebrate the wine culture of the area. There is a wine festival held during the third weekend of May each year, and there is also a showcase of the wines that the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region produces during the first weekend of July. These events attract not only Italians but people from all over the world [source: Naturalmente Italiano].
Now you are equipped with the knowledge of all the elements that have shaped the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region into what it is today. Next time you are at a wine shop and you see a bottle of Friulian wine, you can recall the information you learned here and appreciate the wine a little more than before.