The Collio is situated at the extreme eastern edge of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the province of Gorizia on the border with Slovenia.
A premium-quality wine area, the Collio was one of the first in Italy to be recognised, in 1968, as a Denominazione d’Origine Controllata, or DOC zone.
It runs from the hills of San Floriano and Oslavia above Gorizia to those of Ruttars, Lonzano and Vencò on the banks of the Judrio, once the border between Italia and Austria. The Collio’s succession of rolling downs, dotted with small villages and vineyards, covers a total of 1,600 hectares.
This hill country is superb terrain for relaxing country holidays, in part thanks to the excellent farm holiday facilities.
The DOC zone runs almost without a break from east to west, its gentle slopes presenting extensive south-facing areas that are ideal for premium-quality winemaking.
This situation has long encouraged viticulture for grapes have been grown here since prehistoric times.
A zone of great white wines, the Collio produces in great part Pinot Grigio and Bianco, Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon and the renowned Collio Bianco, the DOC’s blended wine. The leading reds are Collio Rosso, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, and Merlot.