Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Friuli-Aquileia
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is the worhiest local red vine cultivated in Friuli Venezia Giulia, mainly in the Province of Udine. It is the most representative variety of the old Refosco family, together with Refosco d'Istria, del Carso and Terrano. It seems to be the direct heir of Pucinum, wine highly appreciated by the Romans, coming originally from the area of Aquileia, that apparently was the favourite wine of Livia, second wife of Emperor Augustus. This wine owes its curious name to the "peduncolo", the stalk which holds the grape that is becoming red before the harvest.
Doc Friuli Aquileia is a flat area extending towards the sea, characterized by a wide variety of fertile grounds, alternating clays, sands and pebbles. The climate is mild thanks to the sea which does not allow the temperature to fall too much, the Bora blowing from North-East keeps the grapes dry. Ideal conditions to produce excellent wines. Even if the most famous Refosco today, particularly abroad, comes from the Doc Colli Orienatli del Friuli, Aquileia producers are working hard to bring at the maximum levels the wine that represents the history of these lands.
Refosco Friuli Aquileia has an intense ruby red colour, purple red when young. The scent is fruity, mainly black cherry and wild berries. It has an excellent structure, fresh and savoury, slightly tannic and with long persistence with a bitterish undertone. It matches perfectly with meat dishes and soups of the cuisine of Friuli as roasted pig's knuckle, cotechino (large boiled pork sausage), soup with Brovada DOP and beans.