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DOC area (also Friuli Colli Orientali) for reds and whites in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia; near the border too Slovenia and Austria, The name means "eastern hills of Friuli". In the south closes the DOC area Collio Goriziano in the province of Gorizia (Gorizia), the border forms the river Judrio. Both geologically similar areas once belonged to the Austrian Habsburg Empire. But while Udine was already Italian in 1866, Gorizia came only after the First World War in the early 1920s Italy to.
The zone covers the hilly area in the eastern part of the province of Udine with 14 crescent-shaped communities grouped around Udine. These are Attimis, Buttrio, Faedis, Cividale, Corno di Rosazzo, Manzano, Nimis, Povoletto, Prepotto, Premariacco, San Pietro al Natisone, San Giovanni al Natisone, Tarcento and Torreano. It extends in the form of a long range of hills on the edge of the plain from Udine of Buttrio in the south to Tarcento in the north. The often terraced Vineyards cover 2,100 hectares of vines on calcareous marl and sandstone floors.
The large area is structured in five subzones with three DOCG areas. The subzone Cialla covers an area north of the municipality of Prepotto. The two sub-zones Ribolla Gialla di Rosazzo and Pignolo di Rosazzo include parts of the communities Corno di Rosazzo, Manzano and San Giovanni al Natisone in the province of Udine with the DOCG area Rosazzo, The Subzone Schioppettino di Prepotto comprises a subarea of the Municipality of Prepotto. The Subzero Refosco di Faedis includes parts of the municipalities of Attimis, Faedis, Nimis, Povoletto, Tarcento and Torreano with the DOCG areas Ramandolo and Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit,
The subzones can be on label for certain types of wine, by the DOC name. For the subzones Ribolla Gialla di Rosazzo , Pignolo di Rosazzo , Schioppettino di Prepotto and Refosco di Faedis (85% Refosco Nostrano = Refosco di Faedis ) there is only one wine, the grape variety is indeed included in the name. In the sub-zone Cialla, however, there are the wine types Bianco, Ribolla Gialla, Verduzzo Friulano, Rosso, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and Schiopettino.
For wines with at least 24 months maturity allowed Riserva be used. This is at least 50 months for the wines of the sub-zone Cialla, 46 months for the wine type or the sub-zone Schioppettino di Preppoto and 38 months for the wine type or sub-zone Refosco di Faedis.