Friuli can be a difficult place to wrap your head around. If Italy is shaped like a boot, then this remote, hilly region is the back of the knee. Located in the far northeast of the country, Friuli borders Slovenia and Austria, with Slavic, German, and Italian influences showing themselves in the culture, food, and wine. Those wines are made from a bunch of different grape varieties, from the most common - like pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc - to the most esoteric - like ramandolo and picolit. The best wines are made with a white grape that’s somewhere between those two ends of the spectrum, a local variety called friulano. These textured, slightly nutty wines are not only the best whites in the region, but in all of Italy.