Its hills are less known than the coast, which here is “the Riviera” symbolized by the Rimini of “Amarcord” and “Otto e mezzo”, of “I Vitelloni” and “La strada” by Federico Fellini (to which Fellini is dedicated Museum, widespread museum center in the city that opens its doors in these days). But also for this reason the Hills of Romagna are still intact and to be discovered, following the routes of Sangiovese, which touches them all, with its 16 sub-areas, of Albana, flanked by goodies such as Cagnina, Pagadebit or Rebola, who design the territories of Romagna. Casket of ancient wines but also of cities of art and the villages of the hinterland, where the Romagna soul is expressed, concrete and industrious, which is found in the architecture, in the beauty of the landscapes, in the excellence of engines and cuisine obviously. A virtuous intertwining to be told, again, on which the Consorzio di Romagna has focused, led by Ruenza Santandrea and the director Filiberto Mazzanti, which brings together 114 members, 7 cooperatives, 5 bottlers, 102 wine producers, and a supply chain made up of 5,200 winemakers who produce grapes, in an area where 62% of the wine of all of Emilia Romagna is produced (a region that expresses a production value of over 320 million euros, for an export that in 2020 exceeded 335 million euro, and in the first quarter of 2021 it grew by 4% over the same period of 2020, Istat data). And which, in these days, is told, in an itinerant way, in “Vini ad Arte 2021 – When grapes are a masterpiece”, from 26 to 30 August, leading to the discovery of the territory, with a stay in “Fellini style” at the Grand Hotel in Rimini, Imola and Faenza, with the usual technical tasting at Mic, the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, for the presentation of the new vintages of Romagna Sangiovese and Albana. On the other hand, Romagna, land of wine, is also the territory of a thousand “postcards” ranging from Cesena, in the ancient “Signoria dei Malatesta”, to Bertinoro, the “Balcony of Romagna”, from Imola, the “City of Motori “, in Faenza, the” City of Ceramics “, which can also be visited by following the over 100 wineries and itineraries of www.cartolinedallaromagna.it, the portal of the Consortium that caters to the youngest and most curious segment, with almost 200 restaurants and 80 historic and artisan shops that house the wines of Romagna. One of the projects on which the Consortium has worked, even in times of pandemic, and which is beginning to bear fruit.
“We have already done an important job since summer 2020, with producers and external experts, we have worked on the study and the story of the soil, subsoil, vines, history, culture and architecture of Romagna – he explains, to WineNews, Ruenza Santandrea – because one of the things we found is the fact that Romagna as a wine territory is still unknown. The sea is well known, but little is known about the hinterland, not only on the wine front. This has also meant that our hills have remained intact, but now they must be made known and told, which is one of the objectives of “Vini ad Arte 2021 – When grapes are a masterpiece”. Where not only wines will be tasted, but the territories will be experienced, the producers in their areas will be known, and we will also make tastings of grapes from the 2021 harvest, to make the raw material known. We want to make the territory perceive, explain it, tell it, make its spirit understood, not just let the wine be tasted “.
Wine which, as happens in many areas of Italy, is declined in the plural. “Sangiovese is found throughout Romagna (as well as in Tuscany, but with profound differences from every point of view, ed), but with marked differences depending on the soil, climate and” culture “of production – explains Ruenza Santandrea – and we 16 sub-areas (Imola, Serra, Brisighella, Marzeno, Modigliana, Oriolo, Castrocaro, Predappio, Meldola, Bertinoro, Mercato Saraceno, Cesena, Longiano, Veucchio, Coriano and San Clemente, but also Trebbiano (which here is different from that of the plain Emilia) all to be told, because among other things they produce the spearheads of Sangiovese di Romagna (they represent 4% of Romagna production, equal to 434,133 bottles), with individual regulations but with common points on altitudes, yields, and made in purity, even if the specification says 95% And then there is the story of the Albana Docg, of the Rebola, in the Rimini area, and it is a story yet to be told. Because Romagna is a piece of Emilia-Romagna, but it is very different from Emilia (where Lambrusco dominates, king of Italian sparkling wines, with 160 million bottles produced out of 400 total Italian sparkling wines, which in 2020 according to the report Uiv-Unione Italiana Vini have moved a total turnover of 429 million euros abroad and 305 million euros in the Italian large-scale distribution, ed). Which are two lands, at the same time, united and divided by the Via Emilia, built 200 years before the birth of Christ, and which demarcates the plain of the hill. And that of Romagna is the hillside viticulture that we want to explain and make known ”.
Meanwhile, after the difficulties common to many in 2020, the Romagna wine market seems to be back on track: “The smaller producers have suffered a lot in the closures – explains Ruenza Santandrea – but now things are going well, in these summer months many say that things are better than in 2019, as well as the larger companies that being stronger at the abroad have suffered less. The sentiment is positive, there is a good chance of recovering what was lost in 2020. Abroad our wines are doing well in the USA, in the UK, in Germany and also in China, and tourism is back on the territory, our farms are all also full of many European tourists, and it is an important sign that bodes well for the future ”.
In a less known territory, that of the Romagna hinterland, where wine is a historical and well-founded element of sociality and economy, and the vineyard draws a large part of the landscape between castles, the legacy of many small lords of the past, places of art and of culture, in a land that the journalist Guido Nozzoli has defined “a land without borders, which is not recognized by the woods, by the mountains, by the rivers, by the climate, but by the people and their habits. Not a geographical region, therefore, but a region of character, an island of sentiment. A planet invented by its inhabitants ”.
Focus – “Vini ad Arte 2021 – When grapes are a masterpiece”, the main wineries are …
Ballardini Riccardo, Battistini, Berti Stefano, Bissoni, Bolè, Branchini, Ca ‘di Sopra, Ca’ Perdicchi, Calonga, Cantina Fiammetta, Cantina Tozzi, Casadei, Caviro, Celli, Cesari, Claudio Pastocchi, Conde ‘, Drei Donà, Enio Ottaviani , Fattoria Monticino Rosso, Fattoria del Piccione, Fattoria Nicolucci, Fattoria Poggio San Martino, Fattoria Zerbina, Gallegati, Galli Franco, Giovanna Madonia, Giovannini, I Muretti, La Collina del Tesoro, La Franzona, Merlotta, Noelia Ricci – Pandolfa, Palazzona Di May, Pertinello, Pian del Vedreto, Piccolo Brunelli, Podere dell’Angelo, Podere La Berta, Podere Vecciano, Poderi dal Nespoli, Poderi Morini, Poggio della Dogana, Malatesta Fortresses, San Valentino, Spalletti Colonna di Paliano, Tenuta Santa Lucia, Estate Casali, Tenuta Il Plino, Tenuta La Viola, Tenuta Masselina, Tenuta Saiano, Tenuta Santini, Tenute d’Italia, Torre San Martino, Tre Monti, Trerè, Villa Bagnolo, Villa Papiano.
Focus – Production data of the main denominations of Romagna (2020 data)
Romagna Sangiovese Doc
Romagna Sangiovese Doc, the most important denomination, with a total cultivated area of 6,235 hectares; products 86,310 hectoliters equal to 11.5 million bottles, a slight downsizing compared to the excellent 2019 vintage. to 434,133 bottles, a significant figure because it is growing strongly: they are in demand by the market, with a significant price point. The production of Riserva is 1.4 million bottles, a figure that remains stable thanks to the remarkable affection that keeps sales regular from year to year; the same goes for the Superiore type, which stands at around 3.7 million bottles.
Romagna Albana Docg
Romagna Albana Docg: cultivated area 818 hectares, 5,673 hectoliters equal to 756,400 bottles (of which 230,000 of sweet Albana and 487,000 in the dry version, growing); the Passito continues to be extremely appreciated also abroad.
Romagna Trebbiano Doc and more
Romagna Trebbiano Doc, total cultivated area 14,170 hectares, 8,678 hectoliters equal to 1.2 million bottles. Also of note is the Rubicone Igt figure, which is close to 92 million bottles, and the latest arrivals last year, Romagna Doc Spumante (white and rosé), with 292,000 bottles. There was a 7.5% decline compared to bottling in 2019. The price of grapes, on the other hand, did not decline, thanks to the positive economic backlash in the summer, given by the frequent frequentation of the hills and cellars of small producers.