Emilia Romagna, located South of Milan and just within reach of Venice, has become one of Italy’s biggest gastronomy and industrial epicenters.
Discover – Great Food and Supercars
Considered one of the wealthiest regions in the country, this northern province has produced many of the cultural and industrial products that many have come to associate with 21st century Italy. Home to Ferrari and Lamborghini, Emilia Romagna is just as content producing iconic automotive art as it is defining the culinary world with Prosciutto Crudo and Parmigiano Reggiano.
The region’s capital, Bologna, an ancient and beautiful medieval town surrounded by porticoes, is home to the University of Bologna, the oldest continuously attended academic institution in Europe. Noted for the interplay between its financial and academic persona, Bologna has come to define the importance that Italians have placed in preserving gastronomy and education. The city also boasts numerous renaissance style Palazzi and Medieval churches.
While car aficionados will know the region primarily from its automotive exploits, Emilia Romagna is also considered one of the food meccas of Italy. The city of Parma, considered one of Italy’s wealthiest, is home to the Parma Ham and the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, staples of modern Italian cuisine. Replete with Renaissance art and incredible food, visiting Parma is must for the food crazed.
The town of Modena or more famously the home of Ferrari, although that honor truthfully goes to Maranello, is also the location of the Osteria Francescana, a 3 Michelin Star restaurant that is widely regarded as one of the best in the world, and a great showcase of Northern Italian food. A visit to the town and the accompanying restaurant is guaranteed to please. The world renown Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena or Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (TBVM), a balsamic vinegar regulated by the European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) system that is aged for 12 years to gain its particular features, is another culinary staple of this region, and is produced in Modena.
In Emilia Romagna we can also find one of the most famous italian cooking school, based on the recipes of the father of Italian tipical cuisine, Pellegrino Artusi: Casa Artusi
Visit – Northern Vines
Lambrusco DOC, a sparkling wine made from red grapes of the same name, originates from the provinces of Modena, Parma, Reggio nell’Emilia, and Mantua. All six varieties: Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Montericco, Lambrusco Salamino, and Lambrusco Sorbara, are cultivated strictly in Emilia Romagna, making this popular wine a staple of the region.
Regarded as one of the older wine regions in Italy, the fertile Po Valley is home to a prolific wine industry that has helped compliment Emilia Romagna’s extensive gastronomy. With an almost even distribution between red and white wines, the region’s two DOCG appellations have helped to define itself among Northern Italian wine producers : the Albana di Romagna appellation, the first DOCG white wine in the region, and further south, stretching across the Po Valley and culminating in the coastal hills around Rimini, the Romagna Sangiovese grape is cultivated to produce what is arguably the region’s most famous wine.
Taste – Italian Classics
Aside from the more popular culinary fares of Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar or Procuitto di Parma, Emilia Romagna is home to some of Italy’s most iconic dishes. The biggest culprit being Lasagna Bolognese. Widely regarded as one of the oldest pasta dishes in Italy, the rich meal can trace its roots to Bologna, where the surrounding area’s heavy reliance on agriculture and dairy provided the foundation for the dish. Although it currently holds many modern iterations, it’s traditionally served with a ragù sauce with ground pork and carrots.
Zuppa Inglese, a staple of any Italian dinner, shares an illustrious history with that of its English counterpart. Originally created at the request of Italian nobles seeking an alternative to English Triffle, the custard and sponge cake desert has now become a staple throughout Italy and a lesser known gelato flavor. The dish supposedly got its start in the town of Ferrara.
Flagship food appellation
Flagship wine appellations
Wine-related activities in the region
- Wine and food pairing
- Discovery ride
- Vineyard visit
- Wine tasting event