Beautiful sights, superb wines and exquisite hams make it a haven for tourists who want to enjoy a territory in its entirety. It is a land of well-kept traditions where everything one tastes, is produced following ancient knowledges handed down from father to son.
A landscape of superlative wines (...and hams)
Up to 60 winemaking firms, most of them being directly run by the family's owners. An incredible amount and variety for such a small area, and that's exactly what makes it so special.
One of them is the celebrated Livio Felluga, located in Brazzano, and responsible also for the Abbey of Rosazzo's vineyards. The Fellugas have been winemakers for five generations, but it was Livio (who died at 102 in December 2016) who founded the actual firm in the Collio area in the early 1950s, giving new life to those abandoned hills whence everybody was then fleeing instead. Now they make an astonishing 800.000 bottles a year, including native grape red and white wines like Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Picolit, Ribolla Gialla and Friulano.
Then there's Borgo San Daniele, where you can stay and sip their Arbis Blanc and Arbis Ròs, or Ronco del Gelso with its Pinot Grigio and Merlot labelled as Friuli Isonzo – Isonzo del Friuli DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin).
And if you're too lazy to wander around looking for each one of these amazing winemakers, in one of the main square you can also find the Enoteca di Cormons shop, grouping 33 local producers whose wines are on display for sale.
Then, if wine-tasting makes you really hungry, you can relieve your stomach by indulging in some “prosciutto crudo”. Here you'll find a few typical hams, filed among the best ones in Italy. Like the celebrated ham from San Daniele, and also the less known – but still delicious – D'Osvaldo.
A path through nature and history
Cormons offers so much for the eye to see, from its historical buildings to the beautiful landscapes that surround it. In town, you can visit S. Adalberto's Duomo and the Church of Santa Caterina (Saint Catherine), also known as Sanctuary of the Mystical Rose, which houses a statue of Mother Mary that's said to be “miraculous”.
But if you'd like to take a walk, you could reach up to the near Mount Quarin and its castle, the Rocca di Monte Quarin, a fortified building which foundations date back to the VII century. And then you could go on and hike along the Natural Park of Plessiva which lays just behind the castle, or through the Collio hills, full of vineyards.
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Photo of the park from www.turismofvg.it