Aria Condizionata ('air conditioned') is how locals describe the pristine, mountain-ringed vineyards of Friuli. High in this spectacular corner of the country, steeply sloped vineyards enjoy long hours of sun and cooling breezes from the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, perfect for sealing in freshness. These are ideal conditions for refined whites like Friulano to flourish. Formerly called Tocai Friulano, it has floral aromas, and a pronounced almond note.
This elegant Friulano's food-friendly acidity and texture make it a versatile wine – as well as a very satisfying aperitif. Try pairing it with Italian antipasti platters, fish or chicken. Its classic partner, Prosciutto San Daniele, is a perfect study in why opposites can attract: the ham's saltiness is cleansed by the wine's fresh green apple and savory mineral flavors.