The Emilia-Romagna is a region in North-Western Italy consisting of the former regions Emilia and Romagna. Capital city is Bologna. The region is according to Eurostat the third richest region of Italy and one of the richest and most-developed European regions. The name Emilia derives from the ancient Romans who built the famous road “Via Emilia” which connected Rome with Northern Italy. Many prosperous cities have been built along the road in the Emilia-Romagna including Modena, Bologna, Parma, Forlì and Ferrara. Next to wine the region is also known for its car industry: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, De Tomaso and Ducati are all from the Emilia-Romagna.
Wine plays a big part in the region’s agricultural industry. The region produces a large variety of red and white wines. Two DOCG and 21 DOC wines come from the Emilia-Romagna. Lambrusco might be the region’s most well-known wine. It’s a frizzante rosso (red sparkling wine) produced with Lambrusco grapes.
Important grapes: Albana, Lambrusco, Pignoletto, Sangiovese, Trebbiano
Pignoletto has a similar DNA to the Pinot Bianco and to the Riesling Italico.
Important red wines of the Emilia-Romagna
- Cagnina di Romagna DOC Grapes permitted: 85%-100% Terrano; up to 15% other red grapes. Produced in the provinces Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna.
- Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC (rosato, rosso, frizzante) Grapes permitted: 60% Lambrusco di Sorbara, 40% Lambrusco Salamino
- Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC (rosato, rosso (spumante o frizzante)) Grapes permitted: Lambrusco Grasparossa: 85.0% – 100.0%
- Sangiovese di Romagna DOC Grapes permitted: 85%-100% Sangiovese; up to 15% other red grapes. Produced in the provinces Bologna, Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini
Important white wines
- Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto DOCG Grapes permitted: 95%-100% Pignoletto; up to 5% other white grapes. Only allowed to be produced in a few municipalities of the provinces Bologna and Modena .
- Romagna Albana DOCG Grapes permitted: 95%-100% Albana; up to 5% other white grapes. Produced in the provinces Bologna, Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna.
- Trebbiano di Romagna DOC Grapes permitted 85%-100% Trebbiano; up to 15% other white grapes. Produced in the provinces Bologna, Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini.
Emilia-Romagna wine reviews
Below you find a selection of wines from the Emilia-Romagna that have been reviewed on Vino in Love.
- 2011 Tre Monti – Campi di Mezzo – Sangiovese di Romagna DOC
- 2011 Az.Agr. Zuffa – Pino Lieto – Colle d’Imola DOC
- 2011 Vigneto San Vito – Pignoletto Superiore – Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOC
- 2010 Az. Agr. Zuffa – Finitum – Colle d’Imola DOC
What you should take from this guide:
- The Emilia-Romagna produces a large variety of red and white wines. Most well-known is probably the Lambrusco.
- Certain wines produced with either Albana or Pignoletto grapes are the only two wines classified as DOCG.
- Emilia-Romagna is a legacy of the Ancient Roman Empire. Many Emilian cities are built along the famous Via Emilia.
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