The Emilia-Romagna region has a growing relevance in the world of Italian wines. It is not only famous for being the food capital of Italy (think of Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano or Lasagna Bolognese), but it is also important in wine production, being the fourth among Italy’s 20 wine production regions. The most famous wine from this region is the Lambrusco.
In Italy, Lambrusco stands for a dry sparkling red that goes extremely well with the rich food of Emilia -Romagna. Dry Lambrusco exists in several qualities, depending on origin, yield, grape variety, production method and more. Outside Italy, Lambrusco is (mostly) synonimous with an easy drinking, sweet sparkling wine, not meant to accompany any serious meal. At Cantina Puianello, a young tandem (winemaker/ director Matteo Vingione and commercial man Giulio Spallanzani) is steadily working on Lambrusco’s renaissance abroad, by:
- Producing a dry organic Lambrusco from the vineyards of three of their farmers, registered as organic growers.
- Coaching the larger producers in the vineyards and so being able to exert maximum control concerning grape quality.
- Vinifying and bottling different Lambrusco varieties like Grasparossa and Montericco separately, thus making people more aware of the rich diversity within the world of Lambrusco.
- Producing more and more sweet Lambrusco DOC. In that way they introduce the quality concept for the sweet version as well, and in doing so appeal to a different category of consumers than the traditional ‘Lambruscoke’ drinkers.
The recently modernised cellar is provided with a highly functional bottle line that has been continuously kept up to date over the years. That guarantees a maximum of flexibility that a wine like Lambrusco needs. It is at its best when drunk young and fresh.
The first hills of the strada are just a few minutes away from the city of Reggio Emilia by car. The main route to the Apennines is SS 63 for Cerreto pass. At the centre of the territory it climbs rapidly toward the towns of Casina and Castelnuovo ne’ Monti. The intersection with the hill road is just a few kilometres from the city, in the town of Puianello. To the right, the road goes toward the Enza valley to the left toward Scandiano and the Secchia valley.