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ENOLOGICA - SHOWCASING THE REGION'S WINES

Events | Wine | Food & Wine

The grapes have been harvested and the first snap of autumn is in the air – the time is ripe for this annual celebration of Emilia Romagna's wine culture.

For three days from 6-8 October 2018, over a hundred of the region's winemakers will gather together in the majestic surroundings of Palazzo Re Enzo in central Bologna, for Enologica, proudly pouring tasters of their most representative, experimental or traditional wines. All nine of Emilia Romagna's provinces are represented - including 18 wineries from the Bologna area – and the styles on offer range from the sparkling Lambrusco and Gutturnio of the west of the region to the rich Sangiovese of the east among the reds, and, for the whites, from Bologna's fragrant Pignoletto to the complex and characterful Albana, Italy's first white wine to gain DOCG (controlled and guaranteed designation of origin) certification. Many of the region's lesser known, native-grape wines will also be here and there is even a stand dedicated to the excellent wines of the neighbouring Republic of San Marino.

With all that wine to taste (entry includes a tasting glass and as many samples as you like) there is quite rightly a parallel focus on local foods – the programme of nine master classes on the region's wines will be complemented by the input of some of the area's top chefs exploring traditional and innovative wine-food pairings with show cooking (the events are free but numbers are limited so booking is required). Italian TV's best-loved panino maestro, Daniele Reponi from Modena will also be present among the wine producers' stands in the main hall, creating mini-masterpieces from the region's most prestigious produce.

During the final day of the event the presentation ceremony for this year's edition of CartaCanta will take place, awarding the restaurants, bars and hotels from all over Italy and the rest of the world with wine lists containing the best selections of the wines from Emilia Romagna.

So this weekend in Bologna make a date with Enologica and get tasting, maybe buy a bottle or two to take home or find out about winery tours and while here remember to make a note of your favourite wines to look out for and maybe order with your next meal.

Enologica, as well as the CartaCanta initiative, is organised by Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, a dynamic association working to promote and enhance the traditional local wine culture whilst improving sustainability; they're based in a glorious medieval castle setting at the heart of Dozza, one of the region's most charming villages, perfect for a day trip from Bologna.

Enologica, Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza Nettuno, Bologna

6-8 October 2018

Sat-Sun 11.30am-8pm; Mon 11.30am-7pm

 

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