Emilia Romagna

Description

Description

Thanks to culinary specialties such as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, the Emilia-Romagna region can rightfully lay claim to the status of gastronomic capital of Italy. And yet, despite rarely receiving their due recognition, wines from this region possess a surprising ability to confound sceptics.

Spanning the Italian peninsula from east to west along a natural corridor that extends onto the southern side of the fertile plains of the Po River, Emilia-Romagna, as its name suggests, is divided into two sub-regions that each produce their own distinct wines.

While most Emilian wines are bubbly and effervescent, they are also remarkably diverse. The most interesting among them are produced in the DOC zones of Colli Piacentini, Colli Bolognesi and Colli di Parma, respectively located in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains near the cities of Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Bologna (regional capital of Emilia-Romagna, as well as the natural border between the sub-regions).

Well-liked for their simplicity and festive character, Lambrusco sparkling red wines, which are divided into four different DOCs, are the most commonly produced in the Emilian plains. Locals prefer their Lambrusco much dryer and served alongside some of the region’s fine charcuterie.

Other than Lambrusco, which is considered one of the oldest wine grapes in Italy, the region’s main indigenous varieties are Ancellotta, Pignoletto and Malvasia, which usually produce light, aromatic whites. Other grape varieties such as Barbera and Bonarda yield vivid and fragrant reds, akin to those from the neighbouring regions of Oltrepò Pavese, in Lombardy, or Piedmont. Emilian viticulturists tend to be more open to producing international varietals, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet or Merlot, than their Romagnian counterparts, especially if doing so attracts international attention.

Whereas Emilia is synonymous with Lambrusco, Romagna’s best vintages are mostly produced from Sangiovese grapes, which easily rival Tuscan Sangiovese. Romagna and neighbouring Tuscany both claim to have originated this variety, which is among the most widely cultivated in Central Italy. Regardless of where the truth lies, Sangiovese di Romagna DOC (especially the Riserva version, which is highly complex and structured) offers one of the most forceful rebuttals to those who claim Emilia-Romagna is only good for sparkling wine.

Romagna is also known for its dry and still Albana di Romagna, Italy’s first DOCG white wine. The passito version is held in high regard universally. Trebbiano di Romagna and Pagadebit are the other two most common local varieties. They yield fresh and unpretentious wines that blend beautifully with zuppe di pesce (fish soup) made from fish caught off the nearby Adriatic coast.

What to do?

The area offers 15 wine routes to delight the most discerning palates, in addition to other wine-related activities, such as the Emilia-Romagna Wine and Food Festival, which runs each year from September to December, and a multitude of stay-packages near vineyards. Serious foodies will be delighted by the impressive array of osterie, wine bars and restaurants that specialize in local cuisine, some of which, like Osteria Francescana employing Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura) are among the best in the world.

This vibrant food scene also attracts its share of discerning tourists eager to add cooking to their Italian experience. Happy to oblige, several cooking schools in Emilia-Romagna offer lessons in Italian and English, among them the Alma International School of Italian Cuisine, which is headed by world-famous chef Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Emilia-Romagna’s most reputed ambassadors of gastronomy.

Wines

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Albana
  • Ancellotta
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lambrusco
  • Malvasia
  • Pignoletto
  • Sangiovese
  • Trebbiano

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Albana di Romagna DOCG
  • Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto DOCG
  • Colli Bolognesi DOC
  • Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC
  • IGT Emilia / dell’Emilia
  • IGT Rubicone
  • Lambrusco DOC
  • Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC
  • Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC
  • Reggiano DOC
  • Sangiovese di Romagna DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Discovery ride

Vineyard visit

Wine tasting event

Winetherapy

Activities and events

Events

Dalì Experience

Bologna

January to May 2017 - About 200 works of art, from “The Dali Universe” Collection, one of the richest testaments to Dali’s artistic history, will be the main attractions on an interactive and multimedia journey that invites the visitor on an engaging and participatory experience.

The collection includes 22 museum sculptures, 10 glass pieces created at the end of the 1960s with the famous “Daum di Nancy” glassware, 12 gold objects, more than 100 drawings taken from 10 illustrated books and 4 monumental sculptures, which will be placed at strategic points throughout the historic city center.

Palio di Ferrara

Ferrara

May 2017 - The Palio of Ferrara is an absolute must-see. It is the world’s oldest palio (annual authentic contest). Thousands of locals dress as damsels and knights, men at arms and musicians to take part. After the costume parade, the contrade have to run four races.

28th Ravenna Festival- Ravenna and surrounding areas

Ravenna

May 25th to July 11th 2017 - Founded in 1990, the Ravenna Festival has become one of the most prestigious musical events in Italy. It attracts some of the finest artists, orchestras and opera companies in the world. The XXVIII edition of the festival includes mostly opera and classical music but also dance, jazz musicals, films, conventions and exhibitions.

Notte Rosa - Pink Night

Adriatic Coast

July 7th - 9th 2017 - For one weekend, the entire Riviera turns pink. There will be shows, events, theatre sets, and scenery. Each resort will interpret the theme in a creative and original way. The whole Riviera will become an enormous stage where everyone has a part to play.

Grape Festival

Castellarano

September 13th to 17th 2017 - Folk festival dedicated to grapes, with music and dancing, hobbyists' market, travelling market, games for children and exhibitions.

Verdi Festival

Parma

September 28th to October 22nd 2017 - Celebration of Verdi's works - Regio Theatre of Parma and Verdi Theatre of Busseto. Every year, in October, the Verdi Festival celebrates the Maestro born in Roncole di Busseto, in the province of Parma, with a full dedicated programme on stage at the Regio Theatre of Parma and in Verdi's land.

Also, during the Festival various side events in town and in Busseto are scheduled.

Activities around

Museum

Swimming and beach

Bicycle

Hiking

Thanks to culinary specialties such as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, the Emilia-Romagna region can rightfully lay claim to the status of gastronomic capital of Italy. And yet, despite rarely receiving their due recognition, wines from this region possess a surprising ability to confound sceptics.

Spanning the Italian peninsula from east to west along a natural corridor that extends onto the southern side of the fertile plains of the Po River, Emilia-Romagna, as its name suggests, is divided into two sub-regions that each produce their own distinct wines.

While most Emilian wines are bubbly and effervescent, they are also remarkably diverse. The most interesting among them are produced in the DOC zones of Colli Piacentini, Colli Bolognesi and Colli di Parma, respectively located in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains near the cities of Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Bologna (regional capital of Emilia-Romagna, as well as the natural border between the sub-regions).

Well-liked for their simplicity and festive character, Lambrusco sparkling red wines, which are divided into four different DOCs, are the most commonly produced in the Emilian plains. Locals prefer their Lambrusco much dryer and served alongside some of the region’s fine charcuterie.

Other than Lambrusco, which is considered one of the oldest wine grapes in Italy, the region’s main indigenous varieties are Ancellotta, Pignoletto and Malvasia, which usually produce light, aromatic whites. Other grape varieties such as Barbera and Bonarda yield vivid and fragrant reds, akin to those from the neighbouring regions of Oltrepò Pavese, in Lombardy, or Piedmont. Emilian viticulturists tend to be more open to producing international varietals, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet or Merlot, than their Romagnian counterparts, especially if doing so attracts international attention.

Whereas Emilia is synonymous with Lambrusco, Romagna’s best vintages are mostly produced from Sangiovese grapes, which easily rival Tuscan Sangiovese. Romagna and neighbouring Tuscany both claim to have originated this variety, which is among the most widely cultivated in Central Italy. Regardless of where the truth lies, Sangiovese di Romagna DOC (especially the Riserva version, which is highly complex and structured) offers one of the most forceful rebuttals to those who claim Emilia-Romagna is only good for sparkling wine.

Romagna is also known for its dry and still Albana di Romagna, Italy’s first DOCG white wine. The passito version is held in high regard universally. Trebbiano di Romagna and Pagadebit are the other two most common local varieties. They yield fresh and unpretentious wines that blend beautifully with zuppe di pesce (fish soup) made from fish caught off the nearby Adriatic coast.

What to do?

The area offers 15 wine routes to delight the most discerning palates, in addition to other wine-related activities, such as the Emilia-Romagna Wine and Food Festival, which runs each year from September to December, and a multitude of stay-packages near vineyards. Serious foodies will be delighted by the impressive array of osterie, wine bars and restaurants that specialize in local cuisine, some of which, like Osteria Francescana employing Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura) are among the best in the world.

This vibrant food scene also attracts its share of discerning tourists eager to add cooking to their Italian experience. Happy to oblige, several cooking schools in Emilia-Romagna offer lessons in Italian and English, among them the Alma International School of Italian Cuisine, which is headed by world-famous chef Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Emilia-Romagna’s most reputed ambassadors of gastronomy.

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Albana
  • Ancellotta
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lambrusco
  • Malvasia
  • Pignoletto
  • Sangiovese
  • Trebbiano

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Albana di Romagna DOCG
  • Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto DOCG
  • Colli Bolognesi DOC
  • Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC
  • IGT Emilia / dell’Emilia
  • IGT Rubicone
  • Lambrusco DOC
  • Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC
  • Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC
  • Reggiano DOC
  • Sangiovese di Romagna DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Discovery ride

Vineyard visit

Wine tasting event

Winetherapy

Events

Dalì Experience

Bologna

January to May 2017 - About 200 works of art, from “The Dali Universe” Collection, one of the richest testaments to Dali’s artistic history, will be the main attractions on an interactive and multimedia journey that invites the visitor on an engaging and participatory experience.

The collection includes 22 museum sculptures, 10 glass pieces created at the end of the 1960s with the famous “Daum di Nancy” glassware, 12 gold objects, more than 100 drawings taken from 10 illustrated books and 4 monumental sculptures, which will be placed at strategic points throughout the historic city center.

Palio di Ferrara

Ferrara

May 2017 - The Palio of Ferrara is an absolute must-see. It is the world’s oldest palio (annual authentic contest). Thousands of locals dress as damsels and knights, men at arms and musicians to take part. After the costume parade, the contrade have to run four races.

28th Ravenna Festival- Ravenna and surrounding areas

Ravenna

May 25th to July 11th 2017 - Founded in 1990, the Ravenna Festival has become one of the most prestigious musical events in Italy. It attracts some of the finest artists, orchestras and opera companies in the world. The XXVIII edition of the festival includes mostly opera and classical music but also dance, jazz musicals, films, conventions and exhibitions.

Notte Rosa - Pink Night

Adriatic Coast

July 7th - 9th 2017 - For one weekend, the entire Riviera turns pink. There will be shows, events, theatre sets, and scenery. Each resort will interpret the theme in a creative and original way. The whole Riviera will become an enormous stage where everyone has a part to play.

Grape Festival

Castellarano

September 13th to 17th 2017 - Folk festival dedicated to grapes, with music and dancing, hobbyists' market, travelling market, games for children and exhibitions.

Verdi Festival

Parma

September 28th to October 22nd 2017 - Celebration of Verdi's works - Regio Theatre of Parma and Verdi Theatre of Busseto. Every year, in October, the Verdi Festival celebrates the Maestro born in Roncole di Busseto, in the province of Parma, with a full dedicated programme on stage at the Regio Theatre of Parma and in Verdi's land.

Also, during the Festival various side events in town and in Busseto are scheduled.

Activities around

Museum

Swimming and beach

Bicycle

Hiking

Vineyards