This white grape from the Friuli region of northern Italy has had an identity crisis in recent years. Following a judgement of the European Court of Justice, Tocai was deemed too similar a name to that of Hungary’s famous dessert wine, Tokaji. Since 2007, labels have had to carry the accepted alternative, Friulano. This was after the discovery in the 1990s that much of what was thought to be Sauvignon Blanc in Chile was actually Friulano, which is also known as Sauvignon Vert and Sauvignonasse.
Friulano produces dry, tangy white wines that are light in both colour and body. It has floral qualities and a pronounced taste and aroma of almond. Friulano is best drunk while young.