Tocai Friuliano | White wine grape variety emblematic of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-east Italy, where its wine is called Friulano.

Biotypes | There exist two major biotypes of Tocai Friuliano. One has berries that remain green when ripe, and is said to give more aromatic wines. The other, which is more commonly found, has berries that will turn yellow.

Other names | Tocai Friulano is also known as Sauvignon Vert or Sauvginonasse in other parts of the world and has long been confused with Sauvignon Blanc in Chile. In Veneto, it’s called Tocai Italico.

Where grown in Italy | Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Most DOCs, including Collio DOC, Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, and many others. | Veneto: Piave DOC. | Lison-Pramaggiore DOC.  Garda DOC.

Viticulture | Tocai Friulano is a rather resistant grape though its thin skin is susceptible to damage and rot during harvest time.

Wine style | Still dry white wines, often varietally labelled. Pale green in colour. Aromas & flavours include green apple, green mango, citrus fruit white flowers, almond paste.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.137.