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.