Colli Bolognesi DOC

Region: Emilia-Romagna


History: Established as a DOC in 1975; Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto was established as a separate DOCG in 2010; Grechetto-based wines split off as Pignoletto DOC in 2014

Vineyard Area: 78 ha / 193 acres (2021)

Production: 3,840 hl / 42,600 cases (2022)

Principal Red Grape Varieties:

Styles and Wine Composition

  • Bianco from subzone Bologna only (Wh): Minimum 50% Sauvignon Blanc; maximum 15% Trebbiano; maximum 50% OANWG
  • Chardonnay (Wh): Minimum 85% Chardonnay + OANWG
  • Pinot Bianco (Wh): Minimum 85% Pinot Bianco + OANWG
  • Riesling Italico (Wh): Minimum 85% Welschriesling + OANWG
  • Sauvignon (Wh): Minimum 85% Sauvignon Blanc + OANWG
  • Rosso from subzone Bologna only (Rd): Minimum 50% Cabernet Sauvignon + OANRG
  • Barbera (Rd, RdFr): Minimum 85% Barbera + OANRG
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Rd): Minimum 85% Cabernet Sauvignon + OANRG
  • Merlot (Rd): Minimum 85% Merlot + OANRG
  • Riserva (Bologna Rosso, Barbera)
  • Spumante from subzone Bologna only (WhSp): Minimum 40% Chardonnay and/or Pinot Bianco; maximum 60% Grechetto Gentile, Pinot Nero, and/or Sauvignon Blanc

Subzones and Other Geographic Terms

  • Bologna (Bianco, Rosso, Spumante, and Rosso Riserva only)

Significant Production Rules

  • Minimum alcohol level: 11.0% for Pinot Bianco, Riesling Italico, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot; 11.5% for Chardonnay, Barbera, and Cabernet Sauvignon; 12.0% for Barbera Riserva and Bologna Rosso; 12.5% for Bologna Riserva
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 8 g/l (0.8%) for Rosso, Merlot, and Riserva
  • Aging: For Riserva, minimum 3 years, including 5 months in bottle (ERD = November 1, V+3)

Last Disciplinare Modification:



Note: The Colli Bolognesi Grechetto-based wines called Pignoletto, including still, sparkling, vendemmia tardiva (“da Uve Stramature”), and passito wines, were subsumed into the new Pignoletto DOC as of 2014.

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