“A little shade and a glass of wine is not denied to anyone”, so goes the saying in Romagna. Thus the famous poet, writer and screenwriter Tonino Guerra, born in Santarcangelo di Romagna, maintained that, even before its beaches and the sea, Romagna offered the traveller a special welcome, a sense of familiarity because – and here we quote the poet – “A Romagna man says good morning to you even if he peers at you sideways”.
Naturally, Romagna’s welcome is also replete with cooking and good wine. Romagna’s wine par excellence is Sangiovese DOC, whether novello, superiore or riserva, obtained from 85% Sangiovese and, up to a maximum of 15%, from other black grape varieties, with an alcohol content of 12%.
Sangiovese di Romagna goes well with red meat, game and fresh Romagna pasta dishes, such as cappelletti or tortelloni with meat sauce, or mature cheeses.
The history of Sangiovese dates back at least to the seventeenth century, since the notarial deed found in the State Archives of Faenza, in which the name Sangiovese appears for the first time, dates back to 1672: the document states that the owner of the Fontanella farm, located at 400 metres above sea level, had rented three rows of Sangiovese vines near the house; even though, popular tradition wants to trace the name back to even more ancient times, from the Latin SanguisJovis, or the Blood of Jupiter.
Since 1962 the Consorzio Vini di Romagna has brought together wineries, winegrowers and wine producers with the aim of protecting production in the area.
Over time, the activity has expanded considerably: over the last thirty years, thanks also to the generational change of producers, there has been a renewal of cultivation and winemaking techniques that are leading to increasingly high quality production, and the number of winemakers and associated wineries has grown considerably.
Today the Consortium has 7 cooperative wineries, 103 winemakers, 6 bottlers and 5,200 farms registered in the DOC and DOCG registers, and leads the enological growth of Romagna, which has also reached levels of excellence in recent years in terms of quality .
The tourist experience, increasingly sought by foreign tourists, includes the wine-tour, a unique opportunity to get to know the area more closely and savour its wine thanks to guided tastings in the wine cellars that produce Sangiovese di Romagna.