July 25, 2019

Discovering Italy: The Wines of Emilia-Romagna

 

Emilia-Romagna is known as the stomach of Italy. Why? Because so many famous foods are from the region including Proscuitto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Grana Padano. I had the chance to attend a seminar on the Italian Wines of Emilia-Romagna. It was presented by Giammario Villa, as part of the Gambero Rosso event. His company, Vinomatica, consists of a team of wine educators, master tasters, communication, and marketing experts. Their goal is to communicate the business and culture of the wine industry worldwide through wine publishing, wine education, wine scouting, and wine marketing.

Quality Italian Wines of The Emilia-Romagna Region

As of late, there has been a dramatic improvement in wine quality coming out of Emilia-Romagna. It is a common theme, as the wines of Sicily, Puglia, and other Italian wines regions are also increasing in quality. This is partly due to the modernization of wine production facilities throughout Italy. As well as the increased popularity in international styles of wine. However, this forces winemakers to stay on their toes and produce wines that can compete in the global marketplace. Most of the production coming out of Emilia-Romagna is Lambrusco (a sparkling red). But there is also a full range of still wines being produced.

As far as the production side, wine cooperatives (or co-ops) are very important in Emilia-Romagna. A co-op is a facility with shared winemaking equipment. Therefore, cost savings is the main benefit, as winemaking facilities are quite expensive!

Overall, you'll find exceptional values in Emilia Romagna. As I frequently say, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. Certainly, the wines of Emilia-Romagna are a perfect way to do that!

Learning About Italian Wines from Emilia-Romagna

Below are some interesting Italian wines from Emilia-Romagna. The first line is always the producer name or the co-op name with a link to their website. The second line includes details of the wine, such as the name of the wine, grape, sub-region, vintage, etc. Here I also included a link to each wine on Wine-Searcher so that you can see where to find these wines on store shelves. Many of them are not readily available. But depending on what state you live in, shipping could be an option. And if none of these wines are available in your area, don’t fret! You’ve learned something new about a wine region in Italy you would otherwise not be familiar with.

Just remember the name of the region (Emilia-Romagna). Next time you are in a wine shop or at a restaurant, ask if they have any wines from that area. However, if they do not, perhaps they can steer you in the direction of Italian wines that might be similar. With wine, it is DEFINITELY about the journey and not just the destination. So, open your mind and try new things. Your favorite bottle of wine is just around the corner!

Randi 
Ravenna IGT Famoso-Rambela Bianca 2017 $18

Yowzas, this is #funAF as the kids say! In case you weren't sure, Famoso is the name of the (white) grape.  Floral notes abound. In fact, this wine smells like a field of flowers. I also get citrus (orange), stone fruit (peach), tropical fruit (pineapple), white flowers, and a honeyed nose. This wine is easy to drink, but has character; a backbone. This wine is one of my favorites at the tasting.

Celli 
Romagna Albana DOCG Secco Croppi 2018 $18

Albana, a white grape, is considered the queen of Emilia-Romagna.  On the nose, I get medium aromatic intensity with delicate citrus notes of lemon and tangelo. Medium + acid plus major citrus (lemon) on the palate.

Cantina Sociale di Carpie e Sorbara 
Lambrusco di Sorbara DOP Omaggio a Gino Friedmann $18

Our first sparkling! A very pretty wine with a medium pink, almost salmon, color. Clean, juicy, bright red fruit (strawberry and cranberry). Very effervescent, good acid. The same red fruit notes on the palate. Fully dry.

Cantina Sociale Formigne Pedemontana 
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOP Semisecco Rosso Fosco $16

This wine is that classic Lambrusco color of deep purple. On the nose, I get deep red/black fruit plus some floral/violet notes. On the palate, semi-dry, but the acid balances it out. This wine has 18g/L of RS (residual sugar).

San Valentino
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore DOP Bacaia 2017 $18

The grapes for this wine are all organic and biodynamically farmed on ocean-facing vines. On the nose, I get sour cherry, cranberry, violets, cedar, and light spice box. The palate shows medium tannins and the same fruit notes. All structural elements are well-integrated. Overall a solid red.

Poderi Dal Nespoli 
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore DOP Prugneto 2017 $14

Another one of my favorites here. Very deep red fruit on both the nose and the palate. Soft tannins plus delicate violet notes.

Braschi 
Romagna Sangiovese San Vicinio DOP 2015 $13

The beginning stages of bricking are beginning to show on the color. Soft, delicate red fruit. This reminds me of a delicate Old World Pinot.

Caviro 
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva DOP Romio 2015 $14

Deep red plus black fruit, moving into brambly territory. Plus vanilla and a faint cedar note. On the palate: black currant, black pepper/spice, vanilla, and drying tannins. This is a deep, brooding wine, but it can stand on its own. Food is not necessary.

Torre San Martino
Romagna Sangiovese DOC Modigliana Riserva Vigna 1922/2015 $40

The vines here were planted in 1922, hence the name. Dark fruit (both red and black) plus notes of vanilla and toast.

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Brianne Cohen Wine Educator
Brianne Cohen is a certified sommelier, wine educator, consultant, and writer based out of Los Angeles.

Since March 2020, Brianne has educated and entertained over 5,000 people through her “Virtual Vino” online wine tastings.

Brianne holds the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Diploma certificate, one of the most coveted wine certifications in the world. When she’s not helping others Up Their Wine Game, she can be found judging at international wine competitions.

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