Emilia Romagna In the wine industry Emilia Romagna has always been the lesser known cousin of its counterpart region of Tuscany. When the Tuscans began to experiment with other world varietals and blends, Romagnans preferred to continue making indigenous balanced wines to complement their world famous pasta and meats. Lately, vibrant new white wines have appeared in the northern Emilia zone. The result today has set apart their wine style in a distinctive way so as to honor their winemaking traditions ; the winemakers understand that the cool climate conditions for the grapes will make unique wines with a sense of place.
- Casetto Dei Mandorli
The family Nicolucci has been making wine for a couple of centuries in the Romagna region of Italy. Their older vines have a rich tradition in the town of Predappio, a beautiful place in the hills above Forli'. The Nicoluccis make wine predominantly from the indigenous grape Sangiovese di Romagna, and have a tremendous following in Europe. In addition to following his family's traditional methods, Alessandro Nicolucci farms with an eye toward the future in maintaining a sustainable environment. Without question, each and every year his company makes world class wines recognized for their elegance and individuality.
Carlo Gaggioli started making wine in the 70's from the hills surrounding Zola Predosa near Bologna. The 20 hectares of vineyard have been farmed sustainably for 20 years and he instituted an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system when very few understood the process. Erosion is minimized by a no-till cover crop and green manure is utilized for fertilizer. Modernized with the latest technical inox equipment, the winery was constructed in an old farmhouse that dates back to the 15th century and is located in the vineyard to facilitate production of his white wines.
- Tenuta Valli
Tenuta Valli formed as a company in 1960 with 30 hectares devoted principally to sangiovese grapes. They are one of the forerunners in certified biological methods and biodiversity as the company uses its livestock to graze on pasture in the vineyard. Their area lies in a cool climate area above Predappio in the southern Romagna area where great sangiovese grapes are grown. In addition, a cantina reconstruction in 1999 enhanced their winemaking capability dramatically.