The history of Tocai friulano is quite complex and at many points it gets very close to that of the Hungarian Tokaji, helping to create some confusion.
Nevertheless, neither the two grapes nor the two wines realized from them have something in common.
In fact, our Friulano has its origins from beyond the Alps and in particular it is related to Sauvignonasse. After its arrival from France, the vine has subsequently evolved, adapting itself to the soil and climate of the region, till the Friulian people gave it its current identity and made it a symbol of the territory and local culture.
In 2008 the European Community, after coming to an agreement between Italy and Hungary, banned the use of the word “Tocai” for the Friulian wine, as it was considered too similar to the Hungarian “Tokaji“. The last harvest of Tocai in Friuli was therefore that of 2007: since then the wine obtained from these grapes is called “Friulano“, to underline its strong connection with the territory.