Emilia Romagna

A tale of two regions

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Emilia-Romagna: not only Lambrusco

The slash in the name hints at a tale of two different regions: Emilia and Romagna are politically united but culturally very different. Boundaries are hard to establish but locals will tell you that wine helps you understand where you are – if it’s sparkling, you are in Emilia. If it’s still, you have entered Romagna.

The cradle of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and iconic Italian recipes like lasagna and ragù bolognese, Emilia is a treasure trove of hearty culinary specialties, requiring bubbles to their counterbalance oiliness and creaminess. Luckily, the Lambrusco family of grapes, which thrives in the vast plains extending from the Adriatic coast to the northern Apennine, allows the production of sparkling red and rosè wine – either tank or bottle-fermented.

The cuisine of Romagna is only slightly lighter, mixing pork, beef and truffle from the Appennine and seafood from harbors along the most famous Italian riviera . Sangiovese crossed the border with Tuscany, and became the main red grape, giving still reds that have finally started showing complexity and refinement after having been simple and generic for several decades. The white grapes are more diversified: Trebbiano Romagnolo and Pagadebit supply gigantic wineries based in Romagna with large volumes of inexpensive bulk white, but the real star is Albana di Romagna, an extremely interesting – if little-known – white wine that embodies the joyful Romagnolo spirit with its exuberant aromas and flavors.

Emilia Romagna in a Nutshell
  • Area: 22.453 km2 (6th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 25,1%
  • Hill: 27,1% 
  • Plain: 47,8% 
  • Highest peak: Monte Cimone (2.165 mt)
  • Population: 4.437.578 (7,5%)
  • Provinces: Bologna, Modena, Reggio-Emilia, Ferrara, Rimini, Piacenza, Ravenna, Parma, Forlì-Cesena
Brisighella, Emilia Romagna, Italia
Interesting facts about Emilia Romagna
  • Emilia and Romagna both have flat areas but their geography is considerably different. While in Romagna pre-apennine hills mountains are closer to the sea, the vast plains of Emilia extend towards the Parma appennine, which lies on the west side of the peninsula and touches Liguria.

  • The climate is also remarkably different: Emilia has a temperate subcontinental climate, resulting in cold and foggy winters and hot and humid summers. Variations in altitude cause the climate of Romagna to be more heterogeneous but the coastal areas benefit from warmer average temperatures.

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Wine areas

Explore Emilia-Romagna's rich wine heritage. Discover the sparkling red and rosé wonders of Lambrusco in the Emilia region.

Grapes

Emilia-Romagna boasts a balanced wine production, with a focus on both white and red wines, showcasing prominent grape varieties such as Malvasia, Lambrusco, Trebbiano, and Barbera.

Wineries

Emilia-Romagna's wine region beckons wine enthusiasts, offering top wineries, picturesque vineyards, varied landscapes, and exceptional wines that are not to be missed

Travel

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