EMILIA – ROMAGNA
Stretching across Italy’s agricultural and ranching heartland, the Po River Valley, Emilia-Romagna is renowned for its iconic food products: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello, and traditional balsamic vinegar among others. Emilia-Romagna has also given the world some of Italy’s most famous dishes:
Tortellini, tagliatelle al ragù (alla bolognese), and green lasagne made with Swiss chard. The region is also known for the canonical wine pairing for all those foods and dishes, Lambrusco, the sparkling and sometimes slightly sweet red wine that the Emilians serve — almost exclusively — with their region’s cuisine.
The sturdy Lambrusco grape and its many clones are ideal for the sandy soils and foothills that lie to the south of the Po river. As early as the 19th century, the wines made there already enjoyed fame beyond Emilia-Romagna and were often mentioned by the era’s top composers and writers.
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