Coming from the south, you don't climb dramatically into the Alps here as you would in say Valle D'Aosta or Trentino Alto-Adige. Here the wine road unfolds gently along the hills within the Adriatic basin, which is hugged and protected by the Alps, which curves down from the North toward the East-meets-West city of Trieste.
Even as most are sipping the Pinot Grigio form this region, a growing number of folks are taking to the local favorites of (Tocai) Friulano or Ribolla Gialla. The region's whites are often given the moniker of "Super-Whites" for their rich yet vibrant fruit. In fact, drinking a glass or two at the excellent regional enotece, that gruff about "I don't like white wines" is drowned out by people who see their white wines as more "red" (i.e. capable of ageing and structured enough to pair well with what is thought as typically red wine dishes, such as Polenta with Rabbit or the regional San Danielle prosciutto).
The local reds, on the other hand, are just coming into there own, and take a more curious approach. But, if you all for tasting and following varities off the beaten track, Schioppettino and Pignolo -- aged a few years -- won't disappoint .