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History and features of  Friulano

Until a few years ago the Friulano vine took the historical and famous name of Tocai Friulano. Some agreements between Italy and the European Union of 1993 have forbidden the use of the name “Tocai” from March 2007, because it is too similar to that of the Hungarian controlled denomination of origin of Tokaji wine and the homonymous production area. The similarity is relative only and exclusively to the name because the Tocai Friulano and the Hungarian Tokaji are completely different as wines for color, perfume, taste and production methods, and as vines (Tokaji wine is typically produced from the Furmint vines, Hárslevelü and Sárgamuskotály, which is a Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains). A hypothesis has been put forward according to which the Hungarian grape Furmint (which is the base of the Tokaji Hungarian wine) has Italian origins, and derives from the name of the noble Friulian Aurora Formentini, who brought the Tocai Friulian vines to Hungary in the seventeenth century. double dowry. The ancient marriage contract of Aurora Formentini, when she was married to the Hungarian count Adam Batthyany in 1632, includes, among the various goods brought as dowry by the ancestor of the counts of San Floriano del Collio, also «… 300 vitti di Toccai … »already cultivated at the time in the countryside of Mossa and San Lorenzo Isontino. This, for the proponents of the thesis, would prove the Italian origin of the Tocai grape.

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