We drive eastwards in the direction of Palmanova. All we see are endless fields of maize, interrupted now and then by poplar groves or soya plantations. The Grave are said to produce more than half of Friuli's wine. But where are the vineyards? we ask ourselves. Suddenly a vine tractor comes towards us, somewhere there really seems to be some viticulture here.
We see the first vines at Andrea Stocco's in Bicinicco. "Here in the south of the appellation, the soils are very fertile and less stony than in the north. The wines that are produced here are usually richer in alcohol and more structured than in the northern part of the growing area. On the other hand, they are less fragrant than the wines from the Magredi, for example," says Stocco.