Food valley Emilia-Romagna region
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The food valley

Wine food valley in the region of Emilia Romagna mean intense fragrances and delicious flavors. As a result, this is a region that enjoys an excellent quality of life. In fact, here the culture of good food is synonymous with tradition, friendship, and hospitality. The key to this success lies in the harmonious union between the work of man and the cycles of nature. As well as between cultivation and production, like also processing and distribution. Thanks to these wonderful synergies this region have managed, over the centuries, to guarantee excellent food and wine products.

The cuisine part of the traditions of Emilia Romagna

We are in the Northeast of Italy, in a land that goes from the North Apennine mountains to the Adriatic sea. With the Po river and its delta that border the region in the north. Hence the cuisine of Emilia Romagna draws inspiration from ancient cultures and values. As a result, this contributed to the development of a unique gastronomy where ancient farming tradition and the elaborate dishes of the ducal and papal courts from the Middle Ages merge in pleasant harmony. In conclusion, homemade pasta, cured meats, and Parmigiano Reggiano are the undisputed protagonists of the local cuisine. In fact, they contributed to turn the region into the gourmet capital of Italy, the wine food valley.

A traditional production process

The traditional recipes that were handed down from one generation to the next, together with all versions proposed by the local housewives, are now the symbol of the fine Italian food. Cheese and salami factories, wine cellars and the establishments where traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena is produced are always open to the public. They give visitors the possibility to undertake outstanding virtual journeys across traditional production processes; like the local cooking schools use to do, that teach students how pasta can be an art form.

Emilia Romagna and its wines

The entire region has a reputation as a great wine-making center, and today mix of modern and traditional techniques is steadily improving the quality of much of the region’s wine. Emilia Romagna region gives the opportunity to visit the most famous cellars, such as Gutturnio, Malvasia, Lambrusco, Pignoletto, Bosco Eliceo, Sangiovese and Albana passito.

Wine food valley

This page gives you the possibility to undertake an outstanding virtual journey across the genuine wine food valley of Emilia Romagna region, in order to discover some of the most famous staples and wine varieties of the so-called Italian “food valley”.

The primary products

Wine and food Emilia Romagna region, to understand the richness of the culinary traditions just below you can find primary products recognized as excellencies: a list of PDO and PGI products with the addition of the Slow Food Presidia. It will follow a list of DOCG, DOC and IGT wines.

Meat and fish products

PDO: Coppa Piacentina (Piacenza Cured Pork Neck); Culatello di Zibello Ham; Modena Ham; Pancetta Piacentina (Piacenza Bacon); Parma Ham; Salame Piacentino (Piacenza Salami); Salamini italiani alla cacciatora (typical Italian salami).
PGI: Cotechino Modena (a fresh sausage made from pork, fatback, and pork rind); Cremona Salami; Felino Salami; Lamb of Centre Italy; Mortadella Bologna; Parma Cured Pork Neck; Salama da sugo; Vitellone bianco dell’Appennino centrale (White Veal of the Central Apennines); Zampone Modena (pig’s trotter stuffed with minced pork meat and spices)
Slow Food Presidia: Classic Mortadella; Corno alle Scale Char; Mariola; Mora Romagnola Pig; Romagnola Cattle; Spalla cruda; Traditional Marinated Comacchio Valleys Eel; Zibello Culatello

PDO meat and fish products

Salamini italiani alla cacciatora PDO

Salame piacentino PDO

Parma ham PDO

Pancetta Piacentina PDO

Modena ham PDO

Culatello di Zibello PDO

Coppa piacentina PDO

PGI meat and fish products

Zampone Modena IGP

Vitellone bianco

Salame Felino PGI

Salame Cremona PGI Emilia Romagna

Salama da sugo

Mortadella Bologna

Cotechino Modena

Coppa di Parma

Slow Food Presidia

Zibello culatello food valley

Spalla cruda Slow Food Presidia

Romagnola cattle food valley

Mortadella classica

Mora romagnola food valley

Mariola Slow Food Presidia

Corno alle Scale char

Comacchio marinated eel


PDO: Grana Padano Cheese; Casciotta di Urbino Cheese; Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese; Provolone Cheese; Sogliano Pit-aged Cheese; Squacquerone di Romagna cheese.
Slow Food Presidia: Tosco-Romagnolo Apennine Raviggiolo

PDO cheese

Squacquerone di Romagna PDO

Sogliano Pit-aged Cheese PDO

Provolone DOP

Parmigiano Reggiano PDO

Grana padano cheese

Casciotta di Urbino PDO

Slow Food Presidia cheese

Tosco Romagnolo Apennine Raviggiolo

Fuit, vegetables and cereals 

PDO: Bologna Potato; Voghiera Garlic.
PGI: Altedo Green Asparagus; Amarene Brusche di Modena (typical jam); Borgotaro Mushroom; Cherry of Vignola; Emilia-Romagna Pears; Marrone di Castel del Rio (typical chestnuts); Melon of Mantua; Po Delta Rice; Romagna Peach and Nectarine; Romagna Shallots.
Slow Food Presidia: Cervia Artisanal Sea Salt; Cocomerina Pear

PDO fruit, vegetables, cereals

Bologna potato PDO

Voghiera Garlic PDO food valley

PGI fruit, vegetables, cereals

Romagna Shallot PGI

Romagna Peach Nectarine

Po Delta Rice PGI

Melon of Mantua PGI

Marrone Castel del Rio

Emilia Romagna Pears

Cherry of Vignola PGI

Amarene Brusche Modena

Altedo Green Asparagus

Slow food Presidia

Cocomerina Pear food valley

Cervia salt Slow Food Presidia


PDO: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena; Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia.
PGI: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

PDO Vinagar

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Reggio E.

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Modena

PGI Vinagar

Balsamic Vinegar Modena PGI

Extra virgin olive oil

PDO: Colline di Romagna (Romagna’s hills) Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Brisighella Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PDO Extra virgin olive oil

Colline di Romagna Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Brisighella Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Baked products

PGI: Coppia Ferrarese Bread; Piadina romagnola bread.

PGI Baked products

Piadina romagnola PGI

Coppia Ferrarese Bread PGI

The wines of Emilia Romagna region

DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin): Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto; Romagna Albana.
DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin): Bosco Eliceo; Colli Bolognesi; Colli d’Imola; Colli di Faenza; Colli di Parma; Colli di Rimini; Colli Romagna Centrale; Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa; Colli Piacentini; Gutturnio; Lambrusco di Sorbara; Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro; Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce; Modena o di Modena; Ortrugo dei Colli Piacentini; Pignoletto; Reggiano; Reno; Romagna.
IGT (Typical Geographical Indication): Bianco di Castelfranco Emilia; Emilia o dell’Emilia; Forlì; Fortana del Taro; Ravenna; Rubicone; Sillaro o Bianco del Sillaro; Terre di Veleja; Val Tidone

Food Valley Emilia Romagna region, Northeast Italy

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