Grapes are collected from a cooperative of organic growers across the Lambrusco region and fermented together for a bright and fruity sparkling red wine.
Our cooperative was founded in 2012 by the merger of two historic companies on the Modena wine scene. The Carpi Winery, which was founded in 1903 and a pioneering example of Agricultural Cooperation, and the Sorbara Winery, the name that quintessentially identifies Lambrusco DOC. We are a cooperative with over 1,200 grape growers. They include historical wineries that have become avant-garde production sites in more than a century of social and technological evolution. Quality is what we aim for on a daily basis. The reason we welcome grapes from over 2,000 hectares of different vineyards is to select the best raw material and allocate it to our different wines. There is a good Lambrusco for every occasion and for us, people of Emilia, toasting and celebrating is serious business. We want to offer the world a great quality Lambrusco and Pignoletto, which are respectful of tradition but also symbols of energy and lightheartedness. The wines of the Emilia Region reflect the character of its inhabitants: good, genuine and bubbly.
Lambrusco is the name of both an Italian red wine grape and a wine made principally from said grape. The grapes and the wine originate from four zones in Emilia-Romagna and one in Lombardy―principally around the central provinces of Modena, Parma, Reggio-Emilia, and Mantua. The grape has a long winemaking history, with archaeological evidence indicating that the Etruscans cultivated the vine. In Roman times Lambrusco was highly valued for its productivity and high yields, with Cato the Elder stating that produce of two thirds of an acre could make enough wine to fill 300 amphoras. The most highly rated of its wines are the frizzante (slightly sparkling) red wines, designed to be drunk young, from one of the eight Lambrusco denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) regions: Colli di Parma Lambrusco, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce, Reggiano Lambrusco, Colli di Scandiano e Canossa Lambrusco, Modena Lambrusco, and Lambrusco Mantovano. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s sweet Lambrusco was the biggest selling import wine in the United States. During that time the wine was also produced in a white and rosé style made by limiting the skin contact with the must.
The historical origin of the term MODENA given to Lambrusco, is known since 1800 thanks to the production method, which consisted of a blend of the various Lambrusco grapes grown in the province of Modena, the name of the region capital. The substantial and significant trade results achieved in over a century of business activity have turned the wine Lambrusco di Modena into one of the most qualified products in the oenological panorama of the province. This success has led his reputation to obtain the prestigious PDO status.
Modena is located on the south side of the Po Valley, in the Province of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. A town, and seat of an archbishop, it is known for its car industry since the factories of the famous Italian upper-class sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were, located here and all, except Lamborghini, have headquarters in the city or nearby. One of Ferrari's cars, the 360 Modena, was named after the town itself.
DOC Modena encompasses the whole of Modena province, with some 22,240 acres planted to any Lambrusco and 12,355 acres registed as DOC. DOC Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce is the northern-most DOC on an extensive plain of alluvial sediment, sand and silt. The vines are high-yielding resulting in simple, violet scented, fruity wines with medium tannins.
Tasting: soft bubbles, dark jammy blackberry vibes, balsamic notes
Pairing: Caprese salad or margarita pizza