or Carso-Kras

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Carso or Carso-Kras, small doc consisting of just 53 ha of vineyards in friuli in north-east Italy, on a gravelly plateau between Gorizia and Trieste and bordering slovenia. A smaller subzone, called Terrano Classico, is situated immediately around the city of Trieste. The DOC produces mainly dark, tannic reds high in acidity made from the Terrano grape (see teran), which responds well to barrel maturation. Terrano is often confused with refosco dal penducolo rosso, which is also allowed in the Carso DOC, in addition to international varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, glera, and Cabernet Sauvignon.