The production area of the Friuli Aquileia DOC wines covers a long, narrow strip that runs from the ancient Roman city of Aquileia, through Cervignano del Friuli, to the ramparts of the historic fortress of Palmanova and on to Trivignano Udinese.
The pedoclimatic characteristics of this area – predominantly sandy-clay soil, mild and windy climate thanks to the proximity of the sea – have proved to be particularly suitable for grapevine cultivation since ancient times. The vocation of this land is in fact very ancient, as shown by the numerous finds from the Roman era such as amphorae and glasses found in Aquileia and its surroundings.
Aquileia has been an area for the production, marketing and consumption of wine since the time of Republican Rome. The wines produced in this bend of the Adriatic Sea have travelled throughout the known world since 2000 years ago.
In order to protect, promote and enhance the Friuli Aquileia DOC wines, the Consorzio Tutela Vini DOC Friuli Aquileia was established in 1976 by a small group of viticulturists. It currently has a total of twenty members who cultivate an area of 450 hectares of dedicated vineyards.
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso stands out among the grape varieties grown and the most significant wines – the noblest of the Friuli’s autochthonous grapes, which originated in this area. It is believed to be a direct descendant of the much-lauded Pucinum, the red wine favoured by Livia, the second wife of Emperor Augustus. Particular attention is paid to the cultivation and production of the autochthonous Friulano and the aromatic white wines, historically present in the Aquileia area, such as Sauvignon, Traminer Armoatico and Malvasia Istriana.