Sangiovese di Romagna DOC: The Sub-Production Zones Are Coming
The sub-production zones for the Sangiovese di Romagna DOC, which will be called "Added Geographical Mentions", have not yet been defined, but will soon be a reality. This decision is crucial to the development of the Romagna vitiviniculture, and the Associazione per la Promozione del Sangiovese di Predappio e Territori Limitrofi (Association for the Promotion of the Sangiovese from Predappio and Surroundings, is thrilled about it.
A commission of the Consorzio Vini di Romagna (Consortium of the Wines from Romagna) experts is currently at work to define the geographical areas which will define the sub-zones, in the meantime the Association for the Promotion of the Sangiovese from Predappio and Surroundings pushes forward, tentatively, and according to the Consortium prematurely, identifies them in Predappio, Bertinoro, Faenza, Imola and Alta Riminese.
"After a long preparatory period which lasted about two years," said Giuseppe Nicolucci, president of the association, "the Consorzio Vini di Romagna has reached an agreement which cooled the disagreements among vintner members. In the near future the official beginnings of the Sangiovese di Romagna DOC sub-zones will be formalized by the governing authorities involved: Chamber of Commerce, Provincial administration, and Consorzio di Tutela."
For the creation of the sub-zones, the commission is struggling to identify areas which are particularly benign to the Sangiovese grape variety, and express the Romagna terroir at its best. The sub-zones geographical areas will not take into consideration the boundaries of the municipalities involved, but rather expand to include areas which have similar terroir and use similar production techniques.
"The will of the Consorzio Vini di Romagna," reads an e-mail sent by the consortium, "certainly is to characterize its wines by adding the menzioni geografiche aggiuntive, and to do so as fast as possible. However, the necessary steps must be taken in order for this decision to give the hoped-for results, in the end improving the quality of the product, thus acquiring more name recognition and attracting market share."
The borders of the lower hills sub-zones will start from the Via Emilia road, in correspondence to the existing DOC Sangiovese di Romagna, thus preserving terroir homogeneity within the typical characteristics which will differentiates the sub-zones.
"The identification of the sub-zones is a great recognition for the qualified, historic type of wine production applied in the hilly Romagna country side and its terroir. There's no wine without terroir, and no terroir is without history," commented with satisfaction Giuseppe Nicolucci.