Pignoletto is a white grape used to produce the wine of the same name. Pignoletto wine can be produced according to the rules of 3 different denominations: DOC (PDO) Colli Bolognesi, DOC (PDO) Reno and DOC (PDO) Colli d’Imola.
Pignoletto Classico (still) is produced in the sub-area of the Bologna hills where the cultivation of this variety is more traditional. Here, the variations in landscape and perfumes, light and shade, heat and coolness exalt the organoleptic features of this fresh wine with a characteristic bitter aftertaste. Pignoletto Classico has obtained the DOCG certification* in 2011.
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Pignoletto vines have been present in the Bologna area for a very long time. In the I Century A.D. Pliny the Old mentions a wine called “Pinum Laetum”, although the first documents about it date back to mid XVI century.
In the old times grape cultivation took place on the hills, where Pignoletto vines used to climb up Maple and Elm trees. Wine, instead, used to be made in the cellars of city houses, be it a rich palace or a tenement. For this reason, between 1600 and 1800 the “Compagnia dei Brentatori” is reported to have been particularly active in transporting musts in town in wooden containers called “brente”. Do-it-yourself wine remained the rule until the ‘60s, when it started to decrease while the vintners began to produce and sell an ever increasing quantity of bottled wine.
The soul of this wine reflects the habits of the people of Bologna, their love for good living and the cheerful spring Sunday afternoons, when students and families of the “Erudite” Bologna enjoy the greening hills, leaving behind the stress of study and work.
* DOCGs are PDO certifications governed by a particularly strict rule