By Paul Caputo

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.

Appellations of Emilia Romagna

Bosco Eliceo DOC

Bosco Eliceo is home to white wines made predominantly with Trebbiano Romagnolo and Sauvignon Blanc. There is also some red wine produced from Merlot and the local Fortana grape.

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Colli Bolognesi DOC

One of the oldest DOCs in Emilia Romagna, the hills around Bologna, or the Colli Bolognesi are home to range of different wine styles. Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon are behind the majority of red wines in the area while Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco are common white wines.

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Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG

Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto broke away from the Colli Bolognesi DOC in 2010 in order to showcase and promote the quality of the Grechetto di Todi grape grown in the hills around Bologna. A sparkling wine can also be made.

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Colli di Faenza DOC

The small DOC of Colli di Faenza cultivates a range of different grape varieties to make both red and white wine.

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