Situated along the famously fertile northern reaches of Italy, the Emilia-Romagna region has a whopping 55 000+ hectares under vine, making it one of the country’s most prolific winelands. The vines here were originally established by the Etruscans and later adopted by the Romans, who ferried their treasured vintages along the Via Aemilia road for which the area is named. Make a point of trying a Sangiovese and sparkling Lambrusco.