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 the Romagna
, the eastern part of the region. According to a legend, there was already in the 5th century an Albana wine. Galla Placidia (daughter of a Roman emperor) was given by the town of Bertinoro the Albana wine and is said to have exclaimed at the tasting: "non di così rozzo calice is degno, o vino, ma di berti in oro"
, which means "not You deserve such a rude cup, O wine, but to be drunk in gold
The citizens of Bertinoro today recall the name of their city. Even the medieval jurist Petrus de Crescentiis
(1230-1320) described an Albana wine with the words "very strong and with a noble taste, probably suitable for long storage and quite subtle".
He received the DOCG classification in 1987 as the very first Italian white wine. The golden yellow wine must be at least 95% of the variety Albana
(here also Albana di Romagna) included. There are the variants Secco (Asciutto), Amabile, Dolce, Passito
and Passito Riserva. The best vintages are 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. Well-known producers are Celli, Umberto Cesari, Leone Conti, Fattoria Paradiso, Fattoria Zerbina, Giovannao Madonia and Tenuta Uccellina.