A few kilometers east of Udine, there is a very attractive area called Colli Orientali del Friuli. The region extends from the Bernadia mountain and the Judrio, the river that traces the border between the province of Udine and Gorizia.
Cividale del Friuli is the town recognized as the center of this off-the-beaten-track land, one of the four main white wine areas in the northeast Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The Colli Orientali hills, an area twice the size of Collio Goriziano, is a land to be explored, rich in history and traditions but also unspoiled nature and precious artistic treasures.
Winemaking here dates back to Roman times, but the Colli Orientali is also a land of castles and medieval ruins, religious buildings, and Longobards remains.
Woodlands and vineyards harmoniously filled the soft hills of land that happily opens to visitors showing its culture and traditions.
Over 2000 hectares of vines producing varietal like Malvasia, Picolit, Pignolo, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Ribolla Gialla, Schioppettino, Tazzelenghe, Friulano, Verduzzo friulano, many of which are native of this land and with over 2000 years of written history.
Colli Orientali del Friuli is dotted with 14 small municipalities with old winemaking tradition, a history to be discovered, and a gastronomy that will enchant anyone intrigued in discovering this eastern part of Friuli Venezia Giulia.