Fortana, a Wine between Fog and the Po

The typical wine of the Terre Verdiane is called Fortana, and it originates from the town of San Secondo –especially from Pavarara, where the river Taro used to flow and the fields have a sandy and pebbly soil. Fortana grapes, which become tastier and stronger during the damp winters of the Bassa Parmense, still allow to produce a small quantity of this delicious wine.

Getting lost among Fortana rows enveloped by the winter fog is a fascinating experience not only for wine lovers but also for people who love the majestic and silent nature that can be found in the Parma Lowlands.

Fortana wine goes well with other typical products of the Terre di Verdi, namely the Spalla Cotta and the Culatello di Zibello. Apart from San Secondo, Fortana grapes grow well in other areas like Soragna, Busseto and other towns situated in the western part of the lowlands characterised by centuries-old castles, hot summers and foggy falls.

This is definitely the most ancient and traditional of the wines of the lowlands, yet able to meet the taste of modern consumers. A slightly alcoholic, fresh, sparkling, fruity and medium-sweet wine that goes well with cured meats and cheeses.

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