Spotlight On: Sonoro Friulano

This week, we’re spotlighting the Sonoro Wine collection by the Angoris winery, located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia (a.k.a Friuli). The winery owner, Marta Locatelli, recently traveled to the United States to highlight the distinctive and dynamic Sonoro white wines that are perfect for the hot summer months. Sonoro currently includes a Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and, a particularly interesting varietal, Friulano.

But first, a little background: Tenuta di Angoris was given to Locatello Locatelli, the original owner, by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1648, making it the oldest winery in Friuli. Angoris has been expertly tended to for hundreds of years by generations of Locatelli men and women.

Friuli, in the Northeastern most part of Italy, borders Slovenia and Austria and enjoys a mountainous and oceanic climate, being situated between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, with the grapes planted in between.

Already in a niche category, Sonoro’s Friulano is particularly unique because it is made with 100% Friulano grapes, which are indigenous to the region to and grow almost exclusively in Friuli. The Friulano vines at Angoris were originally planted in 1986, giving them more than 20 years of age. The grapes are harvested in September and aged for five months in stainless steel tanks after a short, cold maceration. The final product is a lovely and unique wine with strong note of wildflowers on the nose, and a rich almond and honey palate.

This food-friendly Friulano goes perfectly with classic Friuli dishes such as risotto di Marano (shrimp, squid and mussels with rice), prosciutto, and a savory strudel called strukli, which is filled with potatoes and ricotta.

Sonoro’s Friulano, along with its Pinot Grigio and Sauvingon Blanc siblings, are beautiful, authentic expressions of the Friuli region and exceptional representations of the Angoris winery, which was founded on the idea of fostering genuine connections between people through the celebration of great wine.