For an afternoon wine tasting or a relaxing stay in the Friulian countryside, you won't find a more authentic or welcoming destination than the Foffani estate. Located on the main square in the tiny village of Clauiano, the entirety of which is a protected cultural site, the property has been in the same family since the 16th century and has been producing wine since the late-18th century. Giovanni and Elisabetta are quite simply the perfect hosts, with Giovanni gladly discussing the technicalities of his wine production during a tasting or a tour, and Elisabetta enthusiastically regaling guests with stories from the history of the family, the estate and the village. Above the rustic tasting room there's a permanent art exhibition entitled I Colori del Vino, featuring various wine-related works including poetry, knitware, music and mosaics - the latter can also be seen in the form of two large sculptures by Maestro Giulio Candussio in the courtyard outside, representing white and red wine of course.
Mosaics also find their way onto one of several labels that the Foffani's wine is hand-bottled under, the most popular of which is the line of so-called Flower Wines that includes a white Merlot and a sweet Moscato Rosa, both of which are exported around the world. As is common practice when visiting wine producers, if you come here for a tasting you'll be encouraged to try a bit of everything, in which case spending the night in the family's bed and breakfast is a good option. Two charming rooms are available for overnight stays, both offering an authentic farmhouse experience (creaky wooden floors, period furniture) with modern en suite bathrooms and a kitchen downstairs. Even for those not enamoured by the excellent wine, the estate is perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding countryside by car or bike during longer stays, with the Dolomites, Trieste and even Venice all easy day trips from here.