If it is true that wine is influenced by the land and the people who work there, then to appreciate all its nuances you need to know the territory, and the men and women who produced it. The wine-makers of Romagna have learned to manage the entire cycle of their wine and an attentive consumer will perceive the historical and environmental influences it contains, encapsulating also the wisdom and the personality of those who produced it. Wine speaks the language of this land, of Romagna, a lush area that stretches between the sea and the Apennines, rising and falling between hills whose contours are marked by the regular lines of orchards and vineyards interspersed with houses, villages, towers and fortresses.
“E mì paes” – This is my land. Now and before
Romagna has existed for about 1,500 years, since the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna was defined as Romània and Romandiola. Since then, this area has constantly undergone changes to its territory resulting from invasions and occupations from external powers and struggles among local potentates. This has led to various attempts to define its geographical boundaries over the years, which still remain unclear. What is clear, however, is the multifaceted character of this area of Italy highlighted for example by the varieties of dialect or the varying dimensions of the typical flatbread.
Around the middle of the 1800s, Massimo D’Azeglio noted that “… the folk of Romagna are made of some of the sternest stuff you’ll find. They have blood in their veins, not vanilla custard”.
Courage and personality combine to create a character that may appear rough on the outside but hides a certain tenderness, with feelings discreetly concealed but joy expressed with gusto.
Both townsfolk and the rural communities were generous in their hospitality, which was never just for show, but a genuine and ancient tradition that was expressed through the offering of wine. The traditional life, the character and the feelings of past generations are still alive in the men and women of Romagna today.
From this landscape, and thanks to these people Romagna Albana DOCG was born – the first Italian white wine to gain the status of Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin – as well as Romagna Sangiovese DOC, that warms the heart. And then Romagna Albana Spumante DOC, Romagna Trebbiano DOC, Pagadebit Romagna DOC, Cagnina Romagna DOC, together with the more recent Colli d’Imola DOC, Colli di Faenza DOC.