The Ribolla gialla is a yellow grape, an ancient variety of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, cultivated since Roman times in its area of excellence, i.e. in the hills around Rosazzo. In Slovenia and Croatia it is called Rebula and it is believed that its origin was precisely in the southern Dalmatian islands or farther south to Kefalonia.
Reportedly, it was then imported in Friuli by Venetian merchants in more recent times, i.e. around 1100. Its territory of excellence is still the hilly area between Udine and Gorizia, and in denominations DOC Isonzo, Collio and Friuli colli orientali and DOCG Rosazzo. Excellent results are also achieved with the “rebula” from Collio Sloveno.
The yellow Ribolla gialla grape has never spread to the plains, preferring dry and hilly terrain where it gives rise to intense and structured wines.
Its berry is yellow, medium, and discoid with a slightly thick, waxy, dotted, whitish yellow skin. The bunch is medium-small, cylindrical-pyramidal, medium compact with medium, rounded leaf.
The Ribolla gialla grapevine has good vigor and time of average maturity. It gives a generally good and regular production. This grape gives a pale yellow wine with weak greenish tones. The scent is delicately fruity and slightly floral and herbaceous. Good acidity, a delicate and pleasant texture.