Lambrusco is the wine protected and promoted by the Consorzio Tutela del Lambrusco di Modena. It is a very particular kind of wine, unique, totally original and irreplaceable: a red wine, yes, but sparkling. How did it become so? It is probably thanks to a combination of aspects: the land, the weather and the people of Modena, the true birthplace and homeland of this product. Across all of Emilia Romagna, people are very proud of Lambrusco, feeling emotionally attached to it. But even outside this region, Lambrusco has been able to affirm itself: today, it is one of the most known and consumed wines in the world, famous for its pleasant and versatile taste, which makes it perfect for every situation.
Lambrusco is actually the name of a group of vines from the same origin, similar to one another but not identical.
This wine comes from the vine of the same name, Lambrusco di Sorbara, a native variety of ancient origin which grows in sparse, conical clusters bearing spherical fruits. Their abundance is very variable from year to year, due to a flowering anomaly. This phenomenon is typical of this vine and is caused by the sterility of the pollen, which can give rise to a considerable loss of fruit. A peculiarity that makes this wine outstanding, memorable and admired: what is lacking in quantity is more than made up for in quality.
Salamino di Santa Croce
This wine is mainly derived from the Lambrusco Salamino grapevine, even though the production guidelines permit the cultivation of a small percentage of Lambrusco and Fortana vines alongside it. Cylindrical or conical in shape, the cluster is rather small, thin and compact with an average length of 10-12 cm. This vine is vigorous, ensuring a prolific and constant yield, and its grapes ripen in early October, having stored all the light and heat of the summer and autumn sunshine.
Grasparossa di Castelvetro
This wine is produced from the Lambrusco Grasparossa variety, alongside a modest percentage of Lambrusco and Fortana. Grasparossa vine is distinguished by a special characteristic: with the arrival of autumn, not only the leaves turn red, but also the stalk and pedicels. The sparse, conical-shaped cluster is medium in length with roundish fruits, whilst the grapes range from plummy dark blue to blackish, have a thick skin and contain a medium juicy, sweetish, slightly acidulous pulp. Due to its lack of vigour, the Lambrusco Grasparossa vine is best cultivated in smaller vineyards, where it does well, even on rather poor soils, such as those on the lower slopes of the Modenese hills.