OBSCURE WINE GRAPES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Abbe Baker

15 mag 2017 I Culture & Education

Last faIl, I had the great opportunity to take a wine tour in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region-two winery visits
were sandwiched by an obscenely large lunch (with more wine) at Da Nònna Rino in the quaint town of
Bertinoro. That afternoon, as I sipped on several reds at Poderi Morini in Faenza, Ravenna, I was introduced
to a grape I had never heard of before-the elusive Centesimino.

Only produced in Emilia, Forli, Rubicone and Ravenna IGT, the Centesimino (or Savigno n Rosso) was
officially added to Italy’s National Register of Grape Varieties in late 2003. Proprietor Alessandro Morini
uses his Centesimino grapes to create his Savignone Ravenna Rosso. Ruby red in hue, the wine is incredibly
fruit forward, offering intense notes of wild strawberries and pomegranate on the paiate. (l’m very pleased
to report that my husband and I stili have a bottle sitting in our wine rack.)

“The intense aroma of this grape, growing on the hills of Oriolo dei Fichi, piqued my interest and curiosity,”
Morini told me. “It encouraged me to carry out some research work and experiments on the possible
winemaking methods. Searching in the 17th Century agriculturalland registers, Ilearned that the hilly area
surrounding the ancient Oriolo dei Fichi Tower-where our estate Cà Donati-is located, is particularly
suitable for vine growing.” Currently, there are only seven Centesimino grape growers in the Oriolo dei Fichi
area of Faenza, with 22 hectares total-Poderi Morini occupies three ofthose.

Poderi Morini

Author Poderi Morini

Siamo un’azienda giovane, appassionata della propria terra che ha scelto di fare il vino per celebrarne al meglio il valore, la tradizione e la cultura: “diamo valore alla Romagna che amiamo” queste sono infatti le parole con cui descriviamo la motivazione del nostro progetto dal sapore imprenditoriale ma anche intensamente personale.

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