The wine region of Emilia Romagna, located in the eastern part of Central Italy, is a gem that features variety and versatility in both landscape and cuisine. Although the two areas of Emilia and Romagna have been merged to form one region, they have very little in common when it comes to producing wine. Emilia, which extends to the north as far as the flatlands around the river Po, has become world famous thanks in particular to the popular Lambrusco sparkling wine and the balsamic vinegar Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Romagna is a hilly region which rises towards the Apennines, where the rich bodied crops full of character thrive, and these derive largely from the Sangiovese grape.
- Capital City: Bologna
- Provinces: Bologna, Ferrara, Forli-Cesana, Modena,
Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, Rimini
- Vineyard cultivation: 56’000 hectares
- Total production / year: 645,30 million litres of which
red and rosé wine: 360,00 million litres
white wine: 285,30 million litres
- Proportion of Italian wine production: 14,40%
The name of the area, Emilia, derives from the Via Aemilia, which was built by the Romans in the year 187 BC to connect the cities of Piacenza and Rimini. Romagna takes its name from the Romans, after their long period of rule in the region. During the first century BC a wine from Romagna, the “Cesenate”, was regarded as the pinnacle of the wine-growing art of the time.