At the very top of the podium, and the very first DOCG awarded in all of Italy, stands a little humble white grape named Albana. Grown only in the heartland of Emilia-Romagna, and introduced to the area by ancient Romans, it was likely named by them too, (Albus is latin for white.) Albana is said to be a red grape in a white grape’s clothing. It is full-bodied, tannic, and aromatic. Maybe it was this robust character – the grape’s high acid, exotic, floral, and phenolic nature – that made it stand out as the most inspiring candidate for the very first DOCG designation in 1966.