But there is one vine and one wine hat get our special attention: Ribolla Gialla! here is no doubt that the Colli Orientali del Friuli (the eastern hills), the Italian and Slovenian Collio and at least a part of Friuli are renowned throughout the world of wine as the birthplace of this wine.
The history of Ribolla is amply documented, the vine first mentioned in the eighteenth century, while the first definite reference to it as a wine dates back to 1207 in the Charter of Treviso. For many centuries and until the last war, the name ribolla was used for a wine that was, in actual fact, a blend of different grapes, including, obviously, the ribolla gialla varietal. The latter has been used as a single variety for about seventy years now and while until a few decades ago it was a sweet wine, only partially fermented, drunk in Friuli with chestnuts, today it is very popular as a dry wine or spumante.
An anonymous song goes like this:
Acqua, acqua, sempre acqua,
e mai un goccio di vino.
Se un giorno piovesse Ribolla
sarebbe un bel destino.
Water, water everywhere,
and never a drop of wine.
If one day it should rain Ribolla
That would be fine.
We firmly believe in this credo!