Albana di Romagna

Wine category: 
bianco maturo
Emilia Romagna
Forlì/Cesena, Bologna, Ravenna

Albana di Romagna is a famous wine from Emilia Romagna, one of the first to get the DOCG in Italy. Its history is related to a legend about Gallia Placidia, daughter of the Emperor Teodosio, she tasted this wine in a small village of Romagna served in a  coarse clay jug. As soon as she drank it she was so amazed by its taste that she stated that such a wine should have been drunk in a golden cup.  Thenceforth at Ravenna court Albana was served in beautiful golden cups and the village took the name of Bertinoro (literally: drink in gold).

The village, that still preserves the name from the legend, is considered the hearth of Albana and is located in the Province of Forlì/Cesena, where Albana is produced. Halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, it is a hill land devoted to agriculture and wine-growing full of villages, vineyards, orchards and ancient villages.

Albana di Romagna is produced in a dry version, amabile, sweet and passito.  The dry one is a straw yellow wine leaning toward gold, with intense floral and fruity scents. The taste is structured, warm, soft but balanced with a good freshness. It can be matched with cold cuts as Culatello di Zibello DOP, or first courses as the typical lasagne al forno or spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino or garganelli al ragù, or with savoury roasted fishes.