It has been able to adapt to different historical periods while preserving its innate and straightforward purpose: to be an everyday wine with great versatility at the table.
Exuberant, lively and enveloping but, at the same time, also austere, deep and nuanced. Lambrusco encompasses several facets, with different gradations according to the regions in which it's cultivated: Sorbara DOC, Salamino di Santa Croce DOC and Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, recognised as early as 1970, Reggiano DOC in 1971, while Modena DOC is the youngest, born in 2009.
Lambrusco is, according to a perfect definition by Luigi Veronelli, "human and likeable" and, as such, it encapsulates a number of contradictions: an oxymoronic wine, a red wine with bubbles, but it's precisely because it's so unusual and yet traditional that it represents one of the most characteristic symbols of the Bel Paese. Vigorous and jovial both on the plant and in the glass, Lambrusco is a wine which has made its way into the hearts of many, maintaining an authentic and popular association, a symbol of the love which the rest of the world feels for Italy.
Nevertheless, Lambrusco has always preserved its impregnable temperament sheltered from market trends. The interest which has arisen around this product and its land goes hand in hand with the ever-increasing appreciation, both internationally and in Italy, for wines which are easy to drink and come from native vines, after years in which wines from international vines, with high alcohol content and mostly aged in barriques, had reigned supreme. So Lambrusco is a wine which seeks neither coats of arms nor nobility, which does not presume to represent the most important events of a life, but simply the daily series of small moments which are special to us. Lambrusco is a modern wine, a classic which is always up-to-date, thanks to its easy drinkability, its moderate alcohol content and its generosity in pairing; three features which illustrate its great popularity and esteem. Moreover, it's impossible to discern Lambrusco from good food: a selected affinity between Emilian cuisine and its sparkling red wine, as Mario Soldati says: "Eating and drinking, here, are inextricably and sacredly joined", just as good food is inseparable from the Italian character.