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
Salamini italiani alla cacciatora PDO
Salame piacentino PDO
Parma ham PDO
Pancetta Piacentina PDO
Modena ham PDO
Culatello di Zibello PDO
Coppa piacentina PDO
Zampone Modena IGP
Salame Felino PGI
Salame Cremona PGI Emilia Romagna
Salama da sugo
Coppa di Parma
Zibello culatello food valley
Spalla cruda Slow Food Presidia
Romagnola cattle food valley
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
Squacquerone di Romagna PDO
Sogliano Pit-aged Cheese PDO
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
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Reggio E.
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Modena
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
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