When speaking of typical Italian oenogastronomy, inevitably, the first name that comes to mind is ‘Emilia Romagna’. And that’s no coincidence; in fact, Emilia Romagna is the record holding territory. The numbers alone demonstrate this (as well as the taste buds); this is the birth place of 33 products from Dop to Igp; from Prosciutto di Parma to Parmigiano Reggiano, from Mortadella to traditional Aceto balsamico. There is no other region in Europe of such a high density of labels of quality. And what do we drink to accompany them? Obviously, nothing else other than wines of correspondingly high quality. And so, 20 types of Doc (without naming the derivatives of each one), to which must then be added Italy’s oldest white Docg, the Albana di Romagna.
Such a wealth and quality of products has also become a source of tourism. Today, Emilia Romagna is one of the very few territories of Italy that has developed a regional system to receive tourists; from Piacenza to Rimini, there are fifteen Streets of Wines and Flavours. That is to say, that there is an organised circuit, more than two thousand kilometres long, with 1,500 marked steps. So, the tourist can stop and enter the places as he or she likes, farms, cellars, cheese-producing dairies, prosciutto-producing pig farms, agritourism and arts and crafts boutiques.
Among the most interesting packets is the weekend spent with a boat trip on the Po River and a visit with a demonstration to a cheese producing dairy. Otherwise, there is a bicycle trip to a town of art combined with a tasting of wine or a certain type of cheese.
For the all the curious and the gourmands, 22 museums of taste are now open; from the one of Prosciutto in Langhirano, Province of Parma to the one of Parmigiano Reggiano in Soragna, Province of Parma, from the one of traditional Aceto balsamico in Spilamberto, Province of Modena to the Garden of Herbs in Casola Valsenio, Province of Ravenna. And if you don’t have time to organise your holidays, there is someone to do it for you. Touristic packets, weekends, excusrions and tastings are found at the site www.strade.emilia-romagna.it.
And now the latest novelty in Emilia Romagna (with an unedited and still unique format) is the Wine Food Festival, a billboard of 40 events in the span of three months, feasts, fairs and tastings dedicated to the excellent products of Emilia Romagna; The most recent one finished in December, with the record of one and a half million visitors. All the curiosities can be found at the site www.winefoodfestival.it
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