Surrounded by vineyards at “Il Collio” in Friuli

Do you love wine?

Today I am taking you to a magical place in my region that looks a little bit like Tuscany.

The area of “Il Collio” in North Eastern Italy, situated near the Slovenian border produces prestigious and superb wines indeed and the scenery is just magnificent.

Il Collio "Abbazia" in Friuli

Il Collio in Friuli

I was there to visit some relatives with my family, precisely my grandmother’s cousin who owns several vineyards.

It took us a while to find their farm. As soon as you enter the area of “Il Collio” you are suddenly surrounded by vineyards..everywhere! The wine here is particularly good because the vineyards are set on south-facing terraces.


The sweetness of the grapes is just so overwhelming…

The wines produced here are of several types including Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and several very good white wines like Friulano and Pinot Grigio.

Black grapes

Loris from “El Roncar” took us around to visit the farm: he is very proud of his vines and he should be.


We visited the vineyard too. There was lots of chatting going on about all the work that goes into it. One of the most well known white grapes of this area is “Ribolla Gialla” which is considered quite prestigious.

Chatting among vineyards in Friuli

Ribolla Gialla’s wine can be still of fizzy. I particularly love the fizzy one which is an upmarket version of Prosecco. This is a wine with a certain depth of flavour which lingers long in the mouth and it is fruity, crisp and light at the same time.

Ribolla Gialla grapes

The cat at the farm kept following us.


Farm at Il Collio inf Friuli

We tasted several wines including a fizzy Ribolla Gialla which is just my favourite wine ever at the moment!

Tasting wine in Friuli

Loris produces several types of wine and I particularly like his ability to mix up the grapes.

El Roncar wine

We chilled out on the terrace with several  glasses of wine.. my goodness it was so good. I loved watching the sunset there. What a beautiful place to be!

A view of Il collio


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7 Responses to Surrounded by vineyards at “Il Collio” in Friuli

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    What a beautiful vineyard! I used to drink wine daily and Pinot Grigio and Merlot are my favourites.
    Have a lovely weekend, Alida!

    • Alida

      I love Merlot too. A very good table wine.

  2. Chiara

    che belle foto Alida, hai reso perfettamente la magica atmosfera del Collio, vanto della regione Friuli Venezia Giulia ! Piace molto anche a me la Ribolla gialla spumantizzata, buona settimana, un abbraccio !

    • Alida

      Si abbiamo dei vini decisamente ottimi!

  3. Stuart Forster

    Looks a beautiful estate! Your images transport me there. I wish I could taste the wines.

  4. Linda

    Love this! We hope to visit Italy one day. So many lovely places to see and visit and the glorious food and wine.

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