ALBANA NERA, red wine grape variety grown in the Emila-Romagna region of Italy. It is groan around Faenza, Brisighella, and the hills of Imola (especially in Sant’Agata sul Santerno (sic). There are no DOC wines, and only one Albana nera based IGT wine.
In the vineyard | Albana Nera is popular with wine-growers because it tolerates higher altitudes and cooler weather.
Winemaking | Like Dolcetto, Albana Nera produces a lot of solids during winemaking, and needs racking or pumping to prevent unpleasant odours.
Wine style | Deep purple ruby in colour. Grapey aromas. Bright, refreshing flavours of dark berries, and herbs.
See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.152-3.