Fortana is a red grape variety native to Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. It has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its ability to produce wines with intense aromas and flavours.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Fortana grapes are large and dark purple in colour. The resulting wines are typically medium-bodied and robust, with aromas of ripe cherries, plums, and spices. On the palate, the wines are juicy and full-bodied, with soft tannins and notes of blackberry and raspberry.

Fresh Fortana grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Fortana is mainly grown in Emilia-Romagna. Formerly cultivated in the Oltrepò Pavese and the Veronese, Fortana is now limited to the areas of Ravenna (Lugo, Russi, Bagnacavallo, Alfonsine) and Ferrara in Italy. Fortana is a vigorous variety that is well-suited to cooler climates. It is a late-ripening variety, so it is best suited to regions with warm summers and cool nights. The grapes are usually harvested the first two weeks of October. Fortana wines are typically made in a dry style, with a good balance of acidity and tannins. The wines are typically aged in oak barrels for a few months prior to bottling. Fortana wines from Emilia-Romagna tend to be light-bodied and fruity, with aromas of cherries, plums, and spices. The wines from Veneto tend to be more full-bodied and tannic, with notes of blackberry and raspberry. Varietal Fortana wines can be found only in the Bosco Eliceo DOC but small percentage is allowed in the blend of the Lambrusco DOCs. Fortana wines pair well with a variety of dishes, including tomato-based pastas, roasted meats, and sharp cheeses.

Foods to pair with Fortana:

Light meat
Fun Fact about Fortana
Fortana is one variety used to produce the sparkling Lambrusco wines of Emilia-Romagna, which are traditionally served with salumi and other cured meats.

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