Should the wine makers in Bertinoro have just one merit, this is definitely the one of having rescued a grape variety which would otherwise have disappeared like many other minor vines. Pagadebit is now one of the wines of the Doc Romagna appellation. It is obtained by Bombino Bianco grapes, here called Pagadebit.
The Pagadebit (debts payer in the local dialect) bears this name because of its grape firmness against bad weather. When crops were poor, and the other grape harvesting were not good, the Pagadebit – proud and as solid as a rock – was always able to produce enough grape to allow the farmer paying his debts.
In Bertinoro, soil characteristics limit yield and vegetation, promoting an important structure. Pagadebit is straw yellow in colour, with greenish tones, and its perfume is rich: wild flowers, hawthorn, almonds.
Since 1990 Celli has been producing the Pagadebit also in the semi-sparkling (frizzante) type, obtaining a very pleasant wine, fresh, with a subtle lay and delicate flower scent.
It is perfect as an aperitif or as a companion for fish meals in the sunny summers of Romagna.