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Sangiovese DOC

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In the Romagna area, the top-quality wine is SANGIOVESE DOC. It is produced in three different types – novello, superiore e riserva – and with its characteristics it fully reflects the energy and warmth of the people from Romagna, as well as the tenderness of their feelings.

The origin of this vine variety is unknown and debated between Romagna and Tuscany. According to many, everything started near Santarcangelo, where Monte Giove (or Collis Jovis) hosted a convent of monks who cultivated the famous vine.

But the name Sangiovese appears for the first time in a notary deed dating back to 1672 kept in the State Archive in Faenza. The document states that the owner of the Fontanella estate, located 400 metres above sea level, rented out a vineyard of three rows of Sangiovese placed near her home.

It is obtained from vineyard grapes with a minimum of 85% Sangiovese and maximum 15% of other black grape varieties. It has an alcoholic strength of 12% and goes well with read meat and game dishes, as well as Romagna fresh pasta, such as cappelletti or tagliatelle with meat sauce, and hard cheeses.

Aiming to safeguard the production of Sangiovese on the territory, Consorzio Vini di Romagna brings together winemakers and wineries since 1962.

The business has significantly expanded over time. In the last 40 years, thanks to the generational change of producers, the renovated cultivation and vinification techniques resulted in a more and more high-quality production and a greater number of partner winemakers and wineries.

A cura della Redazione Locale.

Ultima modifica: 4 January 2022


Sand wines

The history of sand wines goes back a long time and still hides many secrets: wine rows plunging their roots in the sand, grapes cultivated in coastal areas and wines with a fragrance of sea breeze.

When wines are produced from vines cultivated in mainly sandy soils (at least 85%), they have very peculiar characteristics – they are very fragrant, they have light tannins and colour and a low alcohol strength. All these elements make them very drinkable and pleasant to drink.

The Po Delta area, apparently a flat and uniform landscape, features a soil that is perfect for the cultivation of vines.

Coastal sands are topped with very permeable and draining soil – the vine roots deeply penetrate and the soil prevents the stagnation of water, giving the wine its peculiar features.

According to the tradition, this kind of vine goes back a long time. Legend has it that Renée of Valois-Orléans, princess of France and duchess of Ferrara, at the time of marriage with Ercole II d’Este, duke of Ferrara, had as her dowry some black grape plants, known as Fortana (used to produce the wine of the Côte d’Or – Burgundy).

According to a more historically documentable version, this kind of vine was cultivated in the area of Ferrara and Ravenna since Etruscan times and had a major development during the Middle Ages thanks to the skills of the Benedictine monks of Classe and Pomposa.

Finally, recent history testifies the cataloguing of the Fortana type in 1985, and the attribution of the DOC label in 1991.