Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy In Italy’s Northeast corner is the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Depending if the vineyards are located more north near the Alps versus south near the Adriatic Sea, the climate can vary from moderate-continental (within the Alps) to warm (near the sea). Here, Pinot Grigio takes precedence, although many other grape varieties are planted as well. Pinot Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia tends to be more rich, with a medium-full body and juicy tropical flavors. Other grapes to note are Merlot, the most widely-planted black variety, and the native white grape, Friulano. Wines from this region can be labelled Friuli Grave DOC (within the plain) and Collio DOC or Colli Orientali DOC (within the hills).