Friuli-Venezia Giulia Italian Wines
The area is partially mountainous but the vineyards are concentrated in the green river valleys (Tagliamento and Isonzo) and on the sunny slopes. The climate is a favourable combination of mild maritime (the Adriatic) and harsh continental (the Alps). The soil is mainly scree carried in the last ice age. Just as in Alsace and certain other northern Italian wine areas, Priuli is used as a generic name followed by the dominant grape used in its production.