Looking down from the Rosazzo Abbey, the heart of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia lays at your feet. Mountains rise behind you to the north and the Adriatic Sea is a blurry haze to the south. Hillside vineyards that make up the area's top appellations, Collio and Friuli Colli Orientali (formerly Colli Orientali del Friuli), form an amphitheater around a plain that is home to tranquil towns and the Isonzo river. The northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is vibrant yet little-explored, words that could also be applied to its wines. Wine Spectator's Alison Napjus explains.
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