Friulano White wine variety

Friulano, despite being named after an Italian region actually originated in South West France.

Friulano grapes ready for harvest at Quealy Vineyard Mornington PeninsulaFriulano grapes ready for harvest at Quealy Vineyard

DNA analysis has confirmed that Friulano is identical to Sauvignonasse, and is listed as such in Jancis Robinson's monumental tome. But with Sauvignon Blanc and Savagnin competing for attention Friulano needs a distinctive name.

Unfortunately there is also the problem that another of its synonyms, Tocai Friulano, in that it contains two words which violate the rules about geographic naming, a double whammy. Tocai implies that it the wine is from the Hungarian region of that name, and Friuli is a region in North Western Italy.

Australian Friulano

  • Billy Button Alpine Valleys
  • Brown Brothers King Valley
  • Feathertop Alpine Valleys
  • Langmeil Barossa Valley
  • Moondarra Gippsland
  • Pizzini Wines King Valley
  • Quealy Mornington Peninsula
  • Santolin Yarra Valley
  • Vinea Marson Heathcote
  • Vino Intrepido Heathcote
Last updated 16 April 2022

Other Italian white Wine varieties in Australia

Arneis | Bianco d'Alessano | Cortese | Fiano | Friulano | Garganega | Greco di Tufo | Grillo | Moscato Giallo | Picolit | Prosecco | Trebbiano | Verduzzo | Vermentino
One of the best books about Italian wine grape varieties is Ian d'Agata's Native Wine Grapes of Italy

As Friulano is a rare variety in Australia it is included in the book Rare Ozzies

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