No doubt white wine enthusiasts are extremely appreciative to whomever discovered that this northern region of Italy was a prime locale for white wine grapes. And that discovery probably came pretty early, as wine has been part of this region's past for as far back as the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region goes.
Proof of the claim that wine stretches far back into the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region's history comes with the existence of a structure called Rosazzo abbey in an area called Manzano. Archaeologists have determined that this abbey was built around year 1000, though it has gone through many changes over the years due to destruction and rebuilding. The abbey is surrounded by numerous vineyards that were up and running during the Middle Ages. This abbey is a site of interest to those curious about the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region's viniculture heritage. The Sdricca wine route in the abbey's nearby grounds provides a pleasant walking tour of the area [source: Naturalmente Italiano].
As mentioned on the first page, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region is an area close to Austria and Slovenia. Due to this positioning, the region has quite a unique blend of Italian, Slavic and Austrian cultures. Aside from inheriting a different set of myths and folktales because of its location, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region has also come into its own amalgamation of cuisine specialties [source: Batali].
Polenta is a big dish in this region of Italy, almost a staple of everyday cuisine. The Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region touts a very rich and hearty cuisine, including lots of meat and cheese. Heavy stews, game and fowl are popular dishes that inevitably get paired with the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region's wines [source: Anderson].
Read the next page to learn about how the agriculture shaped this special region in Italy.