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Emilia-Romagna

About the Winery

From the winery: "We have been here since 1907 . The world around us has witnessed great changes, but we are still here, together, carrying on our wine story. For over 100 years we have been combining tradition and innovation in the production of Lambrusco Reggiano and Modenese and industrial products for the wine and food sector. Today we are 320 members and for over a century we have been carrying on one of the oldest winemaking traditions in the area: a difficult and unpredictable job, because good wine always gives satisfaction."

Emilia-Romagna

At 240 kilometers (150mi) wide, the region spans almost the entire width of the northern Italian peninsula. It is sandwiched between Tuscany to the south, Lombardy and Veneto to the north and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Nine miles of Liguria is all that separates Emilia-Romagna from the Ligurian Sea; it is unique as the only Italian region with both an east and a west coast.

Emilia-Romagna's viticultural heritage dates back as far as the seventh century BC, ranking it among the older of Italy's wine regions. Vines were introduced here by the Etruscans and later adopted by the Romans, who used the Via Aemilia road (after which the region is named) to transport wine between its cities.

The vine varieties used here for many centuries were of the Vitis labrusca species rather than the Vitis vinifera used around the world today. Emilia-Romagna's famous Lambrusco varieties are derived from the Vitis labrusca species. source: wine-searcher.com

Vineyard(s)
The vineyards of our members extend across the plains of the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena , which have always been suited to the production of Lambrusco, and more, in its Grasparossa, Sorbara, Salamino, Reggiano, Pignoletto and Ancellotta varieties. State-of-the-art pressing and vinification systems allow us to obtain the maximum from the grapes of our vineyards throughout the production process. Our grapes are the grapes of our members: they come from over 1,300 hectares of vineyards cultivated in the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena , which have always been dedicated to the production of Ancellotta and Lambrusco in its Grasparossa, Sorbara, Salamino and Reggiano varieties, to to Pignoletto Doc. FROM GRAPES TO BOTTLE: A SHORT CHAIN PRODUCTION State-of-the-art pressing and vinification systems allow us to obtain the most from the grapes of our vineyards throughout the production process and to produce one of the highest quantities of wine produced in a single plant.
Ratings & Reviews
Title
Item
Vintage
Publication
Score
Review
Rio
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro 'Amabile'
NV
92
Mixed-berry pie, tobacco, and mulling spices fill the nose of this softly sweet, gently structured Lambrusco, echoed on the palate by strawberry jam, cranberry sauce, and clove-spiked blood orange. No doubt it would cap off a holiday meal nicely.
Rio
Lambrusco di Sorbara
NV
92
Flirty but not without substance, this coral-hued Lambrusco brings bouncy red fruits—cranberry, strawberry, red currant—together with citrus, hints of earth and herbs such as rosemary and mint, and waxy florals on both the nose and a palate that’s super smooth yet tickled by tangy acidity and a splash of pink grapefruit.
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