In the north-eastern last strip of land of Italy, in the backcountry of region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, lies a small area, whose wines have gained increasing popularity among wine lovers, in Italy and abroad: Collio.
Even if it’s not far from main towns and there are infrastructures and public transports leading there, Collio lies pretty far away from metropolitan areas, confusion and pollution, and that’s way it’s becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination, too.
Suggestive landscapes and picturesque hamlets, together with the high average quality of wines produced here, form an irresistible combination that every year attracts a greater number of tourists, who might have found these beautiful places by chance, but can’t help coming back to discover more.
3 must-see places in Collio + 3 wines you’ll love to taste
Cividale del Friuli
Even if this small town doesn’t actually lie within the area named Collio, it’s so close to it that you really can’t miss it.
Cividale has a long history: 50 years before the birth of Christ, Romans made here a “municipium” out of an already existing hamlet, probably founded by Celts.
When Alboin of Lombards invaded the Roman Empire, Cividale became the capital town of his reign, and the town remained an important settlement in the following centuries, too, both under the Carolingian and under the Patriarchs of Aquileia.
Nowadays, Cividale has an enchanting old town, that reflects its long history, among whose alleys you’ll love to walk.
Renowned wine cellar La Tunella lies in the “frazione” (hamlet) of Spessa.
Friulano “Col Livius” 2012 scored 89/100 on Robert Parker’s guide.
The main town in Collio is a picturesque Italian village with typical small shops.
Monte Quarin, the hill by the town, was conquered by Romans in the II century B.C., but it was already dwelled by native people, and the fortification build on it worked as an effective protection against invasions during centuries.
During the modern era, Cormòns belonged to the Habsburg Empire.
In the XIX centuries it was a flourishing town of manufacturers and merchants, but the First World War and the annexation to Italy caused the town many losses and made it quickly decline.
Colle Duga, in the “frazione”, of Zegla produces an aromatic and elegant Friulano.
Dolegna del Collio
Dolegna shares its destiny with its surroundings: in Medieval times suffered several attacks and had different rulers, then it became part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire until the end of the First World War. Its formal annexation to Italy dates back to 1920.
In this small hamlet, tourist admire the Castle of Trussio, on an hill on river Judrio.
It is proven it already existed in the XIII century, but the building we see nowadays was built in the XVI century, after the former had been almost burnt down. Only the walls and two towers stood up against attacks and can still be seen.
Venica & Venica is a cellar, based in the hamlet of Cerò, where all the most typical local wines are produced – among which their famous Sauvignon – and where it is also possible to stay overnight.