Emilia Romagna is one of the richest regions in Europe, which boasts one of the highest standards of living in Italy and is home to many of the most popular food and wine products in the country. Within easy reach of Venice, Florence and Milan, Emilia-Romagna lies at the heart of northern Italy. The region has been populated since ancient times, when the vitis labrusca grew wild at the edge of the woodlands; the name of the king of Italian wines, renowned the world over – Lambrusco – derives from this plant. The climate of the region is warm and sunny in the summer, while the winters are severe, with the plain enveloped in fog and snow often falling on the hills. This is a wine-growing area that gives ample rewards to those who are familiar with it and know just how best to take care of it. The provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena are the heart of Lambrusco country; the wine produced here was a firm favourite with the personal physician of Pope Sixtus V, Andrea Bacci, who wrote of "Lambrusco vines, whose red and white grapes produce spicy, fragrant wines that form a delicious froth when poured into the glass".
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