Azienda Agricola Marega is winery from the Friuli Venezia-Giulia section of Italy located near the town of Collio. According to their website they produce six white (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Friulano, Sauvignon-Blanc, Malvasia & Holbar Bianco) wines and one red (Merlot) wine. Six of them have the DOC quality assurance and one is an IGT.
Italian “Wine-God” Luca Maroni selected Azienda Agricola Marega as one of the best wineries of Italy in 2011. The winery is also a regular winner of the Gambero Rosso but after my bad experience with the Colle Massari Montecucco Riserva which won their famous tre bicchieri award, I stopped taking the Gambero Rosso awards into consideration when buying wines.
I wasn’t very familiar with the Friulano DOC before a friend brought one over the other day.
The Friulano grape which gave the Friulano its name has a long and interesting history. It originated in Hungary as Tocai but somehow managed to arrive in Friuli where vintners were able to make a completely different wine out of the same grape than they used to be able to produce in Hungary. With the huge success of the Tocai in Italy the name of the grape changed to Tocai Friulano. For many decades that name didn’t change again until Hungarian vintners filled a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice which ruled in 2007 that the name Tocai Friulano is too similar to the Hungarian Tocai and therefore has to be changed. Since 2008 the name Tocai Friulano is banned from all Italian wines. The grape is now simply known as Friulano.
Back to the wine. The bottle I tried was from the 2011 vintage. It’s produced with 100% Friulano grapes and is an Italian DOC from Collio. A bottle of Friulano from Azienda Agricola Marega retails for 8.50€.
Alcohol by volume is listed at 13%. The wine aged in stainless steel tanks.
This Friulano has a pale yellow color. There were many aromas of herbs (chamomile, Alpine gentian & melissa were among them) on the nose which reminded me of the Swiss Alps where many of them are found. I also smelled black elder, eucalyptus,
On the palate the wine is fresh with a medium acidity. I tasted some of the herbs I smelled on the nose, too. Azienda Agricola Marega’s Friulano has a long finish. I tasted the herbs for an incredible long time.
Together with this white wine I ate with ricotta cheese filled crespelle. In my opinion the Friulano is not a wine that goes well with many dishes. It’s strange particular taste makes it a real challenge to find a good dish that goes well with it. These crespelle went well with it though. Next time I have this wine I will simply enjoy it without any food though. It’s great for meditation.
This wine is very good and interesting at the same time. The price tag of 8.50€ shows that also great wines can be found for reasonable prices! Friulano from Azienda Agricola Marega is recommended.