Lambrusco and the philosophy of a sparkling life.


It is said that a name determines destiny. This is certainly the case for Lambrusco, although many hypotheses exist concerning its origin, some more scientific and others more imaginative. When remembering the origin suggested by the writer Luigi Bertelli, also known as Vamba, the philosophy of a sparkling life that this wine brings with it immediately embraces us. Vamba wrote a “light-hearted verse” about Lambrusco, in which he described how one day, during a battle between Bologna and Modena to gain possession of the Secchia Rapita (stolen bucket), the gods Venus, Mars and Bacchus came to Emilia-Romagna to help the people of Modena. When they stopped at an inn and Bacchus ordered some wine, the inn-keeper asked him: "Dolce l'ami ovver ch'abbia il bruschetto?" (Do you prefer sweet or brusque?), to which Bacchus replied: "Io l'amo brusco" (I love brusque).

Whatever the origins of Lambrusco, they go back a long way. Even if only in 1300, Pier de' Crescenzi of Bologna suggested, in his treatise on agricultural, that wine could be obtained from the wild vine. Since then, Lambrusco has been indispensable. It has become the most prestigious wine, as well as the most renowned and drunk of all Italian wines throughout the world.

For some time, it had been known that Lambrusco was something unique. Throughout the 19th century and until the early 20th century, Lambrusco was considered such a prestigious wine that it was sold and served in bottles, whereas most wine was sold in bulk. In 1867, thanks to Francesco Agazzotti who also gave a valuable description of balsamic vinegar, for the first time the grape varieties were divided into three main types: Lambrusco della Viola or Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Salamino and Lambrusco dai Graspi Rossi, known today as Grasparossa.

When we say the word “Lambrusco”, we, and especially the people of Modena, immediately think of Lambrusco di Sorbara. Sorbara and Cavicchioli represent bunches of grapes that are transformed into wine and prestigious harvests, which, depending on the area and the grape variety, become Lambrusco di Sorbara, Salamino or Grasparossa, each with its own connoisseurs who discuss differences in colour and flavour. Finally, they represent festivities and the aromas of grape must that is associated with autumn mists, which brighten the spirits, as described by renowned gourmet poets.

Sparkling, cheerful and aromatic, Lambrusco is a modern wine. With its straightforward and exuberant character and lightness, it is the ideal wine for many occasions, and the perfect accompaniment to international cuisine, and especially the cuisine of Modena renowned for its rich and genuine dishes. This lively and fresh wine is not only red but differs in colour according to the variety, from a pinker to a darker red, and from powder pink to ruby red. Flexible, lively, very pleasant and open to infinite developments, it is so versatile that it satisfies all tastes.

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