Next, we paid a visit to Zorzettig Winery, just outside Cividale del Friuli. Annalisa Zorzettig was enthusiastic, gracious and passionate about her winery. We began with some bubbles in the cave before adjourning to a dining room for bountiful snacks and wine tasting. Their 2011 Myò Ribolla Gialla was crisp and well balanced and their grappa was out of this world. It was lunch time, and off we went to Relais Zorzettig for pasta and polenta that really hit the spot on a brisk and damp day.
After lunch we took the short ride to Cividale del Friuli, with a history that includes Julius Caesar and dates back to the fourth century B.C. We crossed the Devil’s Bridge and soaked up the culture in this hub, including a visit to the 16th century cathedral. We spent time at the Friuli Colli Orientali e Ramandolo DOC Wines Consortium for a tasting and marveled at the immense collection of wines there. We each left with a copy of the beautiful book Colli Orientali del Friuli, filled with glorious images and the history of this wine region.
From Cividale we went to Nimis for a visit to I Comelli, where Paolo Comelli led us through his ultra modern facility and tasted us on his incredible wines, including Friulano, Picolit, Refosco and Ramandolo. A hearty meal followed with more members of the Comelli family at their Agriturismo, capped off with their grappa. We spent the night there and following breakfast continued our Friulian adventure.