Romagna DOC Sangiovese
Sangiovese is the most representative wine of Romagna. This wine portrays the main features of this land.
The Sangiovese grape variety is one of the oldest in Italy and with such grapes very famous wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and many others are produced.
In our land, Romagna, and especially on the hills of Bertinoro lying between the Adriatic coast and the Appennins, this grape variety found the ideal soil for growing. The favourable climate that includes mild summer followed by cold winters and high day-to-night temperature excursion allow this versatile grape to grow excellently. This grape makes both young fruity smooth wines and important full bodied high quality red wines as Romagna DOC Sangiovese Superiore and Romagna DOC Sangiovese Riserva Bertinoro.
Ruby red in colour, with purple hints, delicate bouquet of violet and red fruits, especially cherries. Dry, harmonic, slightly tannic, with pleasant bitterish aftertaste. These are the main features of Romagna Sangiovese.
The following members of Consorzio Vini di Bertinoro produce Romagna DOC Sangiovese Superiore and Romagna DOC Sangiovese Riserva Bertinoro:
Romagna DOCG Albana
Albana is a white grape variety and was the first white wine to obtain the Italian Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (DOCG).
This grape variety is of such ancient origin that it is difficult to distinguish between history and legend.
Albana has been grown in Romagna since the Romans, therefore some believe it was named after Colli Albani (Albani hills), the hilly place near Rome where the conquerors of Romagna came from. It is more likely, instead, that its name derives from the Latin word Albus (white), as long as this white grape was considered by Latins to be the best among white varieties.
Albana is mainly grown in the inland parts of Romagna, and especially in Bertinoro, a place that has inextricably linked its name to this grape. The legend goes that in 435 a.C. Galla Placidia, daughter of Emperor Theodosius, was served sweet Albana in a humble earthenware cup on this hill. She was enthusiastic about the extraordinary taste of this wine and exclaimed: ‘You should not be drunk in such humble cup, but DRUNK IN GOLD’ (BERTI IN ORO in Italian). Since then, the town was called BERTINORO (‘drunk in gold’).
Romagna Albana is produced in the traditional varieties: Romagna Albana Dry, Romagna Albana Sweet, Romagna Albana ‘Passito’.
Romagna Albana Dry is straw yellow in colour, almost golden; it has fruity, warm, harmonic aroma and it is rich, intense, embracing in taste.
It is produced by the following members of Consorzio Vini di Bertinoro:
Romagna Albana Sweet shows typical golden yellow colour and ripe fruit aroma, with hints of apricot, melon and intense, full, sweet taste. Albana Sweet is produced by these wineries:
Romagna Albana Passito is obtained after grapes are left to dry (see picture). It is an excellent dessert wine that can be matched with flavoursome mature cheese as well.
Golden yellow, almost amber in colour, its aroma is intense, with hints of honey, peach and apricot.
Sweet and velvety with spicy notes, this wine is produced by the following members of the Consorzio Vini di Bertinoro:
Romagna DOC Pagadebit
Romagna Pagadebit is one of the most typical white wines in this land. The grape variety of Pagadebit originated from Bertinoro and its main characteristics are strenght and vigour. Its name, that can be traslated as ‘pay dues’, is drawn from its grape features, that being resistant also against bad weather and granting a good harvest year after year, allow farmers to pay their dues. In local dialect ‘Pagadebit’ then.
Pagadebit has a light straw yellow colour with green hints or sometimes golden shades. Fruity and floral bouquet, intense and pleasantly persistent. Dry in taste, extremely fresh but not aggressive, harmonic and balanced, it carries aromas of herbs and flowers.
It can be paired with delicate starters of ham or culatello, first courses or soup. Excellent with fish starters or first courses, especially with prawns or seashell. It makes a really good match also with soft fresh cheese.
The wineries of the Consorzio Vini di Bertinoro producing Pagadebit are: