Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto

Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto

44°29′54″ N


11°20′38″ E




about this subregion

Nestled in the picturesque hills surrounding Bologna, the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG epitomizes the rich winemaking heritage of Emilia-Romagna. The region, with its undulating landscapes, benefits from a climate that straddles both continental and Mediterranean influences, ensuring that vines thrive in a balanced environment of warmth, light, and adequate rainfall.

At the heart of this DOCG is the Grechetto grape, often locally referred to as Pignoletto. A versatile varietal, Grechetto produces wines with a crisp, aromatic profile. Equally integral to the region's identity is Pinot Nero, intriguingly vinified as a white wine, showcasing the adaptability and potential of this grape.

Among the standout wines of this area, the Bianco Superiore shines with its refined character and depth. The Classico subzone, a particularly esteemed part of the region, bestows an added layer of prestige on its Bianco Superiore, with wines that reflect an even more concentrated essence of the Colli Bolognesi terroir.

But it's not just still wines that captivate. The region's Frizzante white wines dance with a light effervescence, perfect for those moments that call for a touch of sparkle without the full intensity of traditional sparkling wines. Yet, for those who do seek that bubbly extravagance, the Spumante sparkling wines of Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG are a testament to the region's capability to produce world-class effervescent treasures.


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Discover Terroir

Nestled in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG occupies a captivating landscape that is a blend of nature's generosity and human cultivation. The name itself, "Colli Bolognesi", translates to "Hills of Bologna", which provides a hint to its topography.

The terrain is a series of undulating hills that roll gracefully, providing a picturesque panorama of lush green vineyards, dotted occasionally by ancient villas and farmhouses. These hills have proven to be a blessing for viticulture, offering varying elevations and exposures that allow vineyards to capture sunlight optimally, and ensure proper drainage for the vines. The soils are diverse, with mixtures of clay, limestone, and marl, giving wines from this region a distinct mineral character that wine enthusiasts have come to cherish.

Further enhancing its beauty, the region is dotted with pockets of forests and groves, providing a verdant backdrop to the neatly arranged vine rows. Streams and rivulets crisscross the landscape, reflecting the azure Italian sky on sunny days.

The Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG's landscape is not just a feast for the eyes but also serves as a perfect habitat for grape cultivation. The combination of its natural beauty and the historic significance of its vineyards makes this region a gem in Italy's wine-producing crown.

In the heart of Emilia-Romagna lies the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG, a region with a climate as unique as the wines it produces. Here, the delicate interplay of continental and Mediterranean weather patterns crafts a canvas upon which the grapes flourish.

Warm, yet not scorching, summers encourage steady grape ripening, while the cool evenings breathe depth into their aromatic profiles. This diurnal temperature variation ensures that the grapes mature with a harmonious balance of sugar and acidity. As winter drapes the region, the cold, occasionally punctuated by snowfall, sends the vines into a crucial period of dormancy.

Rainfall is another blessing. Distributed evenly throughout the year, with a slight emphasis on the spring and autumn months, it provides the vines with consistent hydration. The hilly landscape steps in to play its part, ensuring adequate drainage. The undulating terrain not only dictates water flow but also offers vineyards a strategic position to bask in optimal sunlight while being shielded from excessive weather adversities.

The proximity to the Adriatic coast introduces a Mediterranean touch. Warm breezes occasionally sweep through the vineyards, bringing with them a hint of maritime humidity, especially during summers.

In Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG, it's more than just climate; it's a symphony of elements working in tandem. The hills, the breezes, the sun, and the rain all converge, creating an environment where vines thrive and produce the exceptional wines that define this illustrious region.

The vineyards of Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG are rooted in a tapestry of diverse soils, each bringing its own unique character to the wines of the region. This intricate soil composition, formed over millennia, plays a pivotal role in the terroir expression and the distinctive characteristics of the wines.

  1. Clay:Predominantly found in certain pockets of the region, clay soils are known for their moisture-retentive properties. They tend to be cooler and can provide the vines with a consistent water supply, especially during drier periods. Wines from clay-rich areas often have a robust structure and exhibit pronounced fruit flavors.
  2. Limestone:Limestone is a significant component in many parts of Colli Bolognesi. Its alkaline nature encourages vines to delve deep into the earth in search of nutrients. This depth of root penetration often translates into wines with a distinct minerality and elegance. Moreover, limestone has a knack for reflecting sunlight, ensuring that the grapes receive optimal warmth.
  3. Marl:A blend of clay and limestone, marl is a layered soil type that combines the best of both worlds. The clay component ensures moisture retention, while the limestone adds the element of minerality. Wines from marly terrains tend to strike a balance between fruit-forwardness and mineral undertones, making them both expressive and nuanced.

Together, these soils form the bedrock upon which the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG vineyards stand. They are the unsung heroes, silently influencing the grapevines, nurturing them, and imparting them with flavors and aromas that make the wines of this region truly unforgettable.


Within the prestigious vineyards of Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG, two grapes stand tall, both with distinct physical characteristics and taste profiles. The Grechetto grape is often plump with a thick skin, usually taking on a golden-yellow hue. In contrast, Pinot Nero, traditionally known for its delicate thin skin, boasts a deep purple-black color, though in this unique region, it undergoes an atypical vinification process as a white wine.

  1. Grechetto:Grechetto, native to Italy, is renowned for its robust aromatic presence. On the nose, it often allures with hints of fresh green apple, pear, and almond. These crisp, fruity notes seamlessly transition to the palate where they mingle with undertones of citrus and subtle herbs. A streak of minerality often punctuates its finish, making Grechetto wines refreshingly vibrant and layered in their complexity.
  2. Pinot Nero (Vinified as White):In a twist to traditional winemaking, the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG vinifies its Pinot Nero as a white wine, stripping away the grape's rich color but preserving its inherent elegance. This unique process results in a wine with an intriguing aromatic profile. Fresh aromas of white flowers, green apple, and occasionally a hint of toast grace the senses. Flavor-wise, the wine offers a harmonious blend of stone fruits, lemon zest, and a slight nuttiness. Despite its light color, the Pinot Nero vinified white retains a remarkable depth, showing the versatility and adaptability of this beloved grape.

The wines from the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG are a beautiful testament to the region's dedication to quality and tradition. Rooted in their distinct grape compositions, each wine boasts a unique aromatic and flavor profile that offers a different dimension of the terroir.

  1. Bianco Superiore:A stellar representative of the region, Bianco Superiore captivates with its harmonious blend of aromas. Notes of green apple, pear, and almond from the predominant Grechetto intertwine seamlessly with the more subtle citrusy and nutty nuances introduced by the Pinot Nero vinified white. On the palate, the wine is balanced and full-bodied, carrying forth the fruitiness with an elegant mineral finish, a true reflection of the hills from which it hails.
  2. Bianco Superiore from the Classico subzone:A step above, the Superiore from the Classico subzone brings to the table an even more refined experience. With a stricter grape composition, the aromatic profile leans heavily on the pristine character of Grechetto. Crisp apple and pear are more pronounced, with hints of white flowers and a touch of herbaceousness. After being aged for a minimum of approximately one year, this wine not only boasts a deeper aromatic complexity but also a longer, lingering finish that speaks of its superior quality.
  3. Frizzante:For those seeking a playful effervescence, the Frizzante is an exhilarating choice. With a dominant Grechetto composition, the wine offers vivacious aromas of fresh citrus, green apple, and a touch of floral notes. On the palate, the bubbles add a delightful texture, enhancing the crisp fruitiness and ending with a refreshingly light finish.
  4. Spumante:The grandeur of Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG is epitomized in its Spumante. This sparkling wine bubbles with notes of stone fruits, lemon zest, and a subtle toastiness. Each sip is a celebration, as the effervescence dances on the palate, combining the rich flavors of Grechetto and the nuanced elegance of Pinot Nero vinified white, leading to a finale that is both luxurious and memorable.