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Italy. Emilia-Romagna. Ravenna, Romagna.

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

Albana di Romagna soil, grapes, and bottle, Faenza, Italy. © Ancarani

RAVENNA is a city and a Province in Emilia-Romagna region. In this area, soil used for viticulture are either clayey or free-clayey-silty, with a good presence of limestone, sub-alkaline and draining. A good area for viticulture is the one adjacent to the Adriatic coast, where soils have also a yellow-sand component. Wine are characterized by good texture and interesting smell. Since the end of the ’80 we see progressive diffusion of grassing in vineyards, which helps in managing quality production in hilly than in plain soils. [14]. The vineyards of Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Albana are an indication that you are in Romagna [...]. The best Sangiovese wines from this subzone are from the hills south of the Via Emilia and hold their own against the best Italian reds. [...] Under this umbrella is a new DOC Romagna [...] and then there is an Albana di Romagna that is DOCG [1]. ALBANA DI ROMAGNA represents a unique terroir of Italy. Since roman times, Albana vine is cultivated in this area only. That is because of a unique geological formation which is called “Spungone” and it is characterised, among other things, by yellowish sands. Due to the long tradition of cultivation of this grape in the area, it may come in different typologies, from “Secco” (dry) to Passito (sweet) Riserva. Albana typical varietal note recalls the sage, which can be matched by fruity notes, particularly apricot. [14].

Wine descriptions

RAVENNA FAMOSO colour is straw-yellow, variably intense; smell is intense, with a satisfactory range of floral to fruity notes, linked to vineyard, aromatic notes are perceivable; taste can be dry or mild, variously acidic, sapid. RAVENNA CENTESIMINO colour is ruby red; smell is vinous with notes of variably matured fruits sometimes alongside with floral notes, often of violet, and spicy notes, expressive of vineyard, typical is note of rose; taste ranges from dry to mild, depending on acidity of the grape, it has good tenure of sapidity and fullness. ROMAGNA ALBANA SECCO colour is straw-yellow conducive to gold-yellow for aged ones; smell is light and characteristic of Albana grape; taste is dry, a bit tannic, warm, and harmonious. [14].

[1] Cernilli, Daniele (2017). "The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2018". Doctor Wine by Daniele Cernilli. ISBN 978-88-941075-1-8

[14] Winemaking normative requirements, up-to-date.

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