DOCG area (also Romagna Albana) for white wine in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna
, The zone comprises 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 legend, there was an Albana wine as early as the 5th century. Galla Placidia (daughter of a Roman emperor) was given the Albana wine by the city of Bertinoro and is said to have cried out at the tasting: "non di così rozzo calice sei degno, o vino, ma di berti in oro"
, which means "not you deserve such a coarse goblet, oh wine, but to be drunk in gold ”
. The citizens of Bertinoro attribute the name of their city to this today. Even the medieval legal scholar Petrus de Crescentiis
(1230-1320) described an Albana wine with the words "very strong and with a noble taste, well suited for long storage and at the same time quite subtle".
It 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.