Impatient and averse to classifications, these wines push their way through elbow nudging, defying culinary traditions and oblivious to any established rules. Always indulging, the lure of their fizziness is irresistible. They are unashamedly unfaithful, and while they enjoy showing up with tagliatelle, on Saturday night they go out with orecchiette.
They wink at poached and roasted meats, game and cold cuts. They enjoy flirting with cheeses and gloat when they are side by side with pastries. Pistachios are their match made in heaven.
The “Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa” denomination of origin refers to various types of white, red and rosé wine that, traditionally, are sparkling or spumante, but can also be non-sparkling, new or dessert wine, with unique analytical and organoleptic characteristics. The white wines mainly derive from native, local grape varieties like the Spergola (“white”, “classic white” and Spergola kinds), from Emilian varieties, such as the aromatic Malvasia di Candia, and from international varieties traditionally cultivated in situ. Typically sparkling or spumante, they are characterised by their straw-yellow colour. Fresh and harmonious, with characteristic aromas and flavours. More aromatic when taken from vine varieties with these qualities; more savoury when sparkling. The following kinds are found amongst the red and rosé wines: - linked to the local and traditional Lambrusco grape varieties (Lambrusco Montericco rosé, Lambrusco Montericco red, Lambrusco Grasparossa and Lambrusco): typically sparkling, perfumed, fruity and floral with a good acidity balance. - linked to other grape varieties (including the native Malbo gentile variety) more suited to producing non-sparkling – but sparkling, too – wine, with a harmonious taste that is full, soft and fruity. The geographical area corresponding to the “Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa” denomination of controlled origin lies in the central-western part of the Emilia-Romagna region, in the province of Reggio Emilia. It encompasses a limited strip of land along the meridian, with a small hill and the plain opposite, and an average altitude of 223 metres a.s.l.