BERTINORO: A LAND OF GREAT WINES
Unlike what might be thought, Romagna did not appear on then wine-growing scene in the last 20-30 years: its history is very ancient and dates back in the mists of night.
years: its history is very ancient and dates back in the mists of night.
Remains of this past are not rare: patterns related to grapevine and wine can be found in several sculptural decorations of plutei, transennae, early Christian sarcophagi which were found in various areas of Romagna, not to mention the renowned ivory throne of the archbishop Maximilian in Ravenna.It is ascertained that vine was first brought into Italy by the Greeks about one thousand years before Christ. In Romagna the first vineyards were grown by the Etruscan, who came from Central Italy bringing plants as the elm and the ash, and vines as the Albana and the Trebbiano.
During the first century before Christ a wine produced on the hills around the town of Cesena, called "Cesenate", was regarded as a top quality wine for the time being. In 1968 some Roman wine amphorae were found at Casticciano, near the town of Bertinoro: this finding makes us assume that at that time a prosperous wine production of wines existed.
Said wines were due to be shipped from Rimini, which was then the most important harbour of the Adriatic coast. The rabbi Ovadyah Yare Ben Abram, born at Bertinoro in the XVI century, writes in some letters to his brother from Israel of having seen vines grown in the same way they were grown in Bertinoro. In those times, as it is nowadays, Bertinoro wine production ought to be kept well separated from the productions which take place in the plain, east of the Via Emilia, and in some other less vocated parts of Romagna.
The totally different characteristics of soil and climate take part in definitely distinguishing the quality of the wines we produce. In our dialect wine is called "e bè", that is drinking, since there can be no other drink but the one coming from grapevine.