The region’s most important wine is probably the white Albana. Initially a controversial wine, it was the first DOCG in Italy. It can produce curious white wines with plenty of mineral character. With age they can take on extra nutty flavours. It’s not always easy to produce good Albana and there are plenty of poor examples floating around.
The other wine of importance for the region is Lambrusco and its various interpretations. Internationally Lambrusco is misunderstood. It is often dismissed as a cheap fizzy red. In Italy however there is a growing movement of very serious producers crafting Lambrusco as a serious food wine.
Ortrugo dei Colli Piacentini DOC, produced from the white Ortrugo variety in the dry and infertile hills of Piacenza is one of Italy’s most curious wines. Although overlooked for many years in favour of the more aromatic Mavasia varieties, Ortrugo is making a bit of a comeback.