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ALBANA ROMAGNA GUARINI
- Region: Emilia Romagna
- Type: Still White Wine
- Proof: 13/13,5%
- Wine Variety: 100% Albana
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Produced in the vineyards in the land of Pratolino near Castrocaro. Ageing 4 months in stainless steel. Service Temp. 8/10 Degrees.
- Uniqueness: Albana is one of the few white grape vine varieties to have a significant level of tannins in the skins. This has led many producers to develop also the Red Albana, which, however, is a separated vine variety from the traditional Albana.
It was perceived excellent already from the ancients
It is an ancient vine variety with Etruscan / Roman origins. The name is uncertain but seems to derive from Albus, place of production of the Colli Albani, from which the Romans then brought the vine variety and wine production in the areas of Rubicon. The production was consolidated and already known at the time of the Romans, as can be found in the writings of Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Cato and Varro, who even then considered it an excellent and high-quality wine. The first who wrote widely and officially about it, is the Pier de 'Crescenzi in his Agriculture Treaty in 1303 defining the Albana "... a powerful wine with a noble and moderately thin flavour and this way of grape has been better in all of Romagna". Scientists identified 5 different types of Albana: Bagarona, Campadrona, Gaiana, Serra or Forcella and Gentile di Bertinoro maybe the best-known Cru for the Albana wine. It was the first Italian white berry vine variety to obtain the DOCG. Albana is known to be a dry, sweet and raisin product, in its various versions, also to sparkling wine (especially in the DOC Albana Romagna Spumante). Magnificent passito and botitized versions of Albana are produced in some areas. It is a well-known procedure in France and Hungary but, by tradition and climate, unusual in Italy.
In December you are in Palermo for work and, taking advantage of a change of program, you find yourself some free time. You decide to go to Mondello and enjoy the sunset from a terrace of a bar to the beach embellished by the pastel colours of a windy and warm day of libeccio. Waiting for your colleagues for dinner, which will certainly be abundant, you decide to have a small aperitif and you see that arancini with ragù and peas lying on a Palermitan caponata are served. You cannot resist and, to deceive the waiting of your friends, order a plate of arancini that, you do not know yet, will become two. Discover in a corner a smart selection of Italian wines and, out of curiosity or just to dare, you order a bottle of dry Albana Romagna. The combination, perfect in flavours but unusual for the place where you are tasting it, makes this moment of lonely happiness exclusive.
From Ravenna to La Spezia
Greater concentration in Ravenna and Forlì-Cesena, but in Romagna it is found also in Rimini. It is then present in Emilia in Modena and Bologna and production is authorized also in Ferrara. It is also present, in very small quantities, in Pisa, Pesaro and La Spezia.