It is produced exclusively in Romagna and can be produced as a sec wine, a sweetish wine, a sweet wine, a straw wine, or a reserve straw wine. It’s the wine of parties and of traditional rites.
It is a medium sweet yellow straw-color wine and it is served still today to the guests as a homage, a gesture of gratitude for their visit. It has a delicate taste and not long ago – some decades – when a girl was born, six bottles of Albana were bottled to be open on her wedding day.
Poets and scholars have eulogized the taste and the historical tradition that links this wine to sweet women’s stories, like the legend of Galla Placidia and the toponym of Bertinoro.
Legend says that once the Empress Galla Placidia arrived near the little city of Bertinoro and after having tasted a bowl of local Albana, she said “Not so humbly should you be drunk, but in gold ” and – drink you in gold – as she said in Italian literally is Berti in Oro”.