In the middle of the 17th century several citations reported that Albana was the main cultivated variety around Cesena area and the hills close to Dozza (Imola), Riolo, S.Lucia delle Spianate, Terra del Sole e Castrocaro, Bertinoro, Cesena, Longiano e Montiano resulted as the best performing sites (Grandi, 1879).
The Albana intra-variety variability has been pointed
out from the past: Molon (1906), reported the presence of
different Albana biotypes. Cosmo e Polsinelli (1952-1960) stated the variety
unicity, which was confirmed by the results of clonal selection conducted during
the 1970s at the Bologna University (Faccioli e Marangoni, 1971; Intrieri et
Currently, the Albana clones are in
number of seven and six of them date back to the 1970’s. The main areas of cultivation
in Emilia Romagna region are located between Forli-Cesena, Ravenna and Bologna
provinces and the cultivated area corresponds
to 1400 hectares in 2010 (ISTAT-Censimento
Agricoltura, 2010), with 50 % decrease respect to the 2000 (ISTAT, 2000).