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Albana di Romagna DOCG

Description to Albana di Romagna DOCG

DOCG area (also Romagna Albana) for white wine in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna. The zone includes 22 municipalities in the foothills of the Apennines in the provinces of Bologna (7), Ravenna (5) and Forlì-Cesena (10) in Romagna, the eastern part of the region. According to a legend there was already an Albana wine in the 5th century. Galla Placidia (daughter of a Roman emperor) was handed the Albana wine by the town of Bertinoro and is said to have proclaimed at the tasting: "non di così rozzo calice sei degno, o vino, ma di berti in oro", which means: "not such a coarse chalice do you deserve, o wine, but to be drunk in gold". The citizens of Bertinoro today attribute the name of their town to this. The medieval jurist Petrus de Crescentiis (1230-1320) also described an Albana wine with the words "very strong and with a noble taste, probably suitable for long storage and yet quite subtle".

In 1987 it was the very first Italian white wine to receive the DOCG classification. The golden yellow wine must contain at least 95% of the Albana variety (here also Albana di Romagna). There are the varieties Secco (Asciutto), Amabile, Dolce, Passito and Passito Riserva. The best vintages are considered to be 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. Well-known producers are Celli, Umberto Cesari, Leone Conti, Fattoria Paradiso, Fattoria Zerbina, Giovannao Madonia and Tenuta Uccellina.

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