Wines from the sands - A tradition of excellence of the Ferrara Area

The territory of Ferrara is rich of  gastronomic specialties, among the origins the “Vini delle Sabbie” (wines of sand), four different types of wine, produced by the vineyards that grow in the Eliceo forest.


But we must start from the beginning: we have information dating back to the times of the Etruscans and the Byzantines, which give testimony of production in this area, so close to the sea, characterized by the sandy soil, the mite temperature, the high humidity and the high exposure to the sun, a mix of conditions that were immediately optimal for the cultivation of the wine.

Benedictine monks started an important reclamation of the swampy territories between Comacchio and Goro. In this way, lot of land were recovered around the year 1000 d. C.

The most interesting moment in the story of this area, however, is in 1528 d. C., when the Este family joined the Valois-Orléan family by combining the marriage between Ercole II d'Este and Renata di Francia.

The French princess brought some of her wines directly from the Côte d'Or, with the desire to set them up in the territory of Ferrara. 

The cultivation of the wines and the production of wines continue even after the fall of the Este family due to the particularity of the product and the already widespread consumption.

The continuous search for improvement and also the strong link with tradition have led these wines to receive the D.O.C. certification in 1989. (Designation of origin).

The wine of the Eliceo forest is divided into four different categories: the wine of Bosco Eliceo Fortana, the wine of Bosco Eliceo Merlot, the wine of Bosco Eliceo Sauvignon, the wine of Bosco Eliceo Bianco.

To guarantee the high quality of these products, the checks must first be carried out before the sale is approved. The first by the commission of the Chamber of Commerce, which claims that the wine of the Eliceo forest respects the parameters to be proposed D.O.C .; the second examination is instead performed by the commission of the Protection Consortium, which provides for the characteristics of the Eliceo forest wine.