Emilia Romagna is size wisely one of the largest Italian wine regions with its 60,000 hectares of cultivated land. The region stretches from Piacenza in Emilia straight across Italy to the east coast and down to the south of Rimini. On the way, you'll find both Parma, Modena and Bologna as important Italian cities. In the north, the climate is continental but becomes milder, the more east you go towards the Adriatic coast.
In Emilia around Piacenza, mainly Barbera- and Croatina grapes are cultivated for the DOC Gutturnio as well as Bonarda grapes for the red wines. Among the white grape varieties we find the local Orturgo, Malvasia di Candia and Moscato. You'll find on top of these varieties Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Müller-Thurgau. Around Parma, the same varieties grow as around Piacenza with the only difference that mainly white wines are produced here. Around the town of Modena, you'll find the red and well-known bubble wine called Labrusco. Continuing into Romagna in the southeast, red wies are produced from Sangiovese grapes, but also Trebbiano Romagnolo are cultivated for the white wines. Albana and Bombino biancho are used for the DOCG Albana di Romagna made both as dry- and sweet dessert wine.