Albana di Romagna Passito

Wine category: 
DOCG (DOP)
Category: 
Special: 
Yes
Type: 
Dessert wine
SubType: 
dessert bianco
Region: 
Emilia Romagna
Province: 
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 in an excellent passito.  In the passito version, very suitable to this wine, Albana gets a golden colour with amber shades. The scents are of ripe yellow fruit, honey, vanilla. Sweet and persistent in the mouth, it is a good match with pastry as the traditional ciambella distesa,  or with cheeses as Formaggio di Fossa di Sogliano Dop.