DOC area for a wide range of red, rosé and white wines in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The zone includes 36 municipalities in the province of Pordenone and 58 municipalities in the province of Udine. The name derives (as in the case of Graves in Bordeaux) from the predominant gravel and boulder alluvial soil in the valleys of the Judrio, Livenza, Meduna, Natisone, Tagliamento and Torre rivers. The area stretches from the plain of the Livenza (border river to the west of the Veneto region) to the east of the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC area. The eastern part is cooler and more humid than the western part with maritime climate. The best wines come from the wide valley of the Tagliamento river with barren and gravelly ("magredi") soil. These are the triangle of Spilimbergo, Bertiolo and Carsarsa, on the west bank at Barbiano, San Giorgio della Richinvelda, San Martino, Rauscedo and Tauriano and on the east bank at Bertiolo, Codroipo and Rivolto. The vineyards cover 6,500 hectares, producing two thirds of the total and about half of the region's DOC wines.
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