Within the large family of white grape varieties, the Malvasia Istriana stands out for its ability to create non-aromatic enological expressions of finesse, elegance and complexity. Originally from Greece, the vine was brought to Italy by the Venetians before the 14th century, when, from the historic region of Peloponnese, it began to spread throughout the northern Adriatic territory including Istria, Karst, Collio and Isonzo. It is currently cultivated throughout the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and in the Slovenian Collio area. While it is conventionally used for the production of white wines, especially those with a fresh, fruity and delicate character, some good winemakers have maximised its potential, offering structured, full-bodied and very expressive interpretations, often using long maceration on the skins and ageing in oak barrels. This results in high quality wines, which are true jewels of the Friuli and Slovenian lands.