The winery is formed by roughly 380 partners who grow rare grape on a total surface of 600 hectares of vineyards, located on the dry soils of the Modenese uplands and lower hillslopes, an area dotted with country mansions and ancient castles, where the Apennine chain, rising up to the peak of Monte Cimone, provides the cornice of an undulating landscape of rare beauty. 70% of the total grape conferred in the modern plant built in Corlo di Formigine is Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, whom the winery is the major producer, being in the area of origin of this autocthonous vine. Although not possessing great vigour, the vine is distinguished by a special characteristic: with the arrival of autumn, not only the leaves turn red, but also the stalk and pedicels. The sparse, conical-shaped cluster is medium in length with roundish fruits. The grapes range from plummy dark blue to blackish, have a thick skin and contain a medium juicy, sweetish, slightly acidulous pulp. It bears up well to climatic and other adversities, and matures fairly late, after waiting to capture the very last rays of autumn sunshine. The soils typifying the uplands are low in permeability, rather infertile and difficult to work, being largely composed of sandy and marly clays, as well as scaly clays englobing limestone blocks of variable size. Here, the yeld is far from abundant, although high in quality and of marked characteristics. Lower down, the soils are made up of silt deposits and silty sands lying on a bed of gravel and therefore offer a good degree of permeability. On this land, the Lambrusco Grasparossa produces more abundant yields, mantaining similar characteristics to those encountered in the upland wines.
The wine is deep ruby in colour, with a violet sheen and a light froth with an edge of the same hue. The notable bouquet is fruity, fragrant and interesting, bringing to mind the aroma of the grape. Its keen, armonious flavour has delicious body, is well balanced in acidity and and slightly fruity, leaving a pleasant, somewhat bitter aftertaste. It makes an exellent aperitif and goes divinely with Modena’s typical pastries and desserts. Also relevant the production of Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, which is characterized by the typical “acinellatura”. It grows in sparse, conical clusters bearing spherical fruits, the abundance of which varies from year to year (while the grapes retain the same size of a few millimeters). It is this peculiarity that makes it so outstanding and particularly admired. To facilitate fertilization the Sorbara vine is cultivated with a percentage of Salamino Lambrusco.
The traditional area of cultivation lies between the Secchia and Panaro rivers. Formed from a conjunction of the flood plains of the two rivers, its soils are mainly sandy and loose, permeable and rich in potassium. Ruby to garnet with a pinkish froth, it is the lightest in color of Modena’s four DOP Lambruscos. It has a fresh, pronounced, very fine scent, with a distinct hint of violets, which represents the most typical and distinctive characteristic of this wine. Its taste is delicate, tangy and well-balanced, pleasantly acidulous and fruity due to its high acidity and rather unpronounced body. Other Lambrusco vines cultivated: Salamino Lambrusco, Maestri Lambrusco, Marani Lambrusco. Among black grape berry we need to mention Malbo Gentile, so-called “Amabile di Genova”. It’s a vine that prefers poor soils and finds its natural habitat in the Modenese hills, especially in the upland zone. Often used for making blends with other Lambrusco vines, it has anyway its personality and recently it has been vinificated also separately. Among white grape berry it’s important the presence of Trebbiano modenese, Pignoletto and Aromatic Malvasia. Also relevant organic production, mainly Lambrusco Grasparossa in the lower hill-slope zone. A consolidated group of experts constantly follows every partner step by step during the year to guarantee the quality of the grape produced.