Lambrusco, a bubbly, pleasant wine, comes from this region in the north, where the friendliest and most welcoming Italians are said to live. The local inhabitants here are effervescent, too!
As with Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna came from the union of two separate areas: Emilia to the west, along the Po Valley, where the region’s capital, Bologna, is located; and Romagna to the east on the Adriatic coast, famous for its seaside locations, such as Rimini and Riccione. It is a region that is also famous for its cuisine; lasagna comes from Bologna, as do tortellini. The world-famous Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar hail from Modena; and Parma is known for its Prosciutto.
Emilia-Romagna is also a wine-producing region. In Emilia, they make red and bubbly wines, such as Lambrusco. It has ancient origins; the Romans Virgil and Pliny the Elder made mention of the Vitis Labrusca. In Romagna, on the other hand, the wines are mostly dry and sweet. Whites from local varieties, include Pignoletto, Trebbiano Romagnolo, and Albana, while Sangiovese is a well-known red.
The most cultivated international grape varieties are: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
There are 15 Wine Routes measuring more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) found in the region, going from the hills of Piacenza and the city of Parma, just beyond the Po River, to the hills of Rimini, by the sea, passing by Ferrara, the city that was ruled by the famous Este family, one the most famous patrons of the arts during the 15th and 16th centuries.
This region is rooted firmly in agriculture and farming, and is known for having a strong work ethic, making it a great example of the best of Italy.