Romagna Wine Region Guide

Romagna: Unveil Italy's Hidden Wine Treasures


Last updated: May 16, 2024


Despite being formidable winemakers, the Italians like to complicate things: Italy boasts over 350 DOC, 40 DOCG, and over 120 IGT designations that cover the length and breadth of the peninsula. Moreover, they incorporate various terroirs, mesoclimates, and subregions capable of bamboozling even the most committed oenophiles. Yet, on occasion, the authorities do get it right – they introduced the catch-all appellation Romagna DOC in 2011 to replace five distinct classifications, including the Cagnina di Romagna, Sangiovese di Romagna, and Trebbiano di Romagna DOCs. It makes it far easier to get to grips with the myriad of wine styles produced in the eastern half of Emilia-Romagna, where Sangiovese, Trebbiano, and Albana (covered in a separate DOCG) have been grown for over two millennia.

However, the region’s output is not all the same. While some wines may not capture your interest, you can find hidden gems, including some of Italy’s most exceptional Sangiovese wines, in the historic vineyards and secluded hills of Emilia-Romagna.  If you’re in search of a high-quality alternative to Chianti Classico, Friuli Sauvignon Blanc, or Prosecco, Romagna DOC could be the perfect answer.


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