Friulano, formerly the Tocai Friulano, (after a disagreement with the Hungarian government regarding the “tokai” name following Hungary becoming a member of the EU) is a very popular white grape native of the Friuli Venezia Giulia, where it has been grown since the 1600’s. The grape, even if not widely cultivated, can also be found in Veneto.
The Friulano grape in Friuli Venezia Giulia is widely cultivated, but despite that, it is little known outside the region but the wines are very much appreciated. The Friulano grape. initially only used in blends, it is now bottled on its own, mainly unaged and produces full body, elegant white wines with its characteristic nose of almonds.