The Albana was the first Italian white wine to be elevated to the D.O.C.G. (Controlled and Guaranteed Origin Denomination) status. Albana wine is usually straw-yellow in colour, with golden nuances. On the mouth, it is fruity, savoury and harmonic.
The history of this grape variety mix up in legend. It has been grown since far-off times in Romagna, where it was introduced by the Etruscans. It is especially grown on the hills of Romagna, particularly in Bertinoro as it is historically linked to this town. In fact, the legend says that in 435 the blonde and beautiful Galla Placidia, daughter of the Roman emperor Theodosius, one morning passed through Romagna and stopped in a little village.
The hospitable villagers offered her the Albana, the local sweet and full-bodied wine, in a humble cup of terracotta. The princess, entranced by the excellence of that nectar, exclaimed: ‘not so humble one ought to drink you, but from gold‘ (berti in oro). From then on, the village was thus called Bertinoro.