Fortana (also known as Canina nera) is a red Italian wine grape variety grown primarily in the Emilia–Romagna region of northern Italy. A permitted grape variety in several Denominazione di origine controllatas (DOCs), mostly in Emilia, Fortana mostly contributes tartness and acidity in red blends.[1][2]

Relationship to other grapes

In the Valtellina region of Lombardy, Brugnola was long thought to be a local synonym for Fortana. Even as recently as the 2000 census, plantings of Brugnola in Lombardy were officially counted as part of Fortana's 1,109 hectares (2,740 acres) planted throughout Italy. However, in the early 21st century DNA analysis revealed that Brugnola and Fortana were actually distinct varieties.[2]


Synonyms describing Fortana and its wines include Albanella gentile, Brugnera, Brugnola, Brugnolera, Brungentile, Codigoro, Costa d'Oro, Dallora, Dallora nera, Dora, Forcella, Forcellina, Fortana nero, Fruttana, Fruttano, Prugnola, Prungentile, Uva Cornetta, Uva d'Aceto, Uva d'Oro, Uva d'Oro Sgaravella, Uva d'Oro Sgravella and Uva Francese nera.


  1. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes pg 71 Oxford University Press 1996 ISBN 0-19-860098-4
  2. ^ a b J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pgs 138 & 363 Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2