The Lambrusco grape varietal is widely enjoyed by wine makers and drinkers alike around the world, and it is one varietal which has an impressive and very long history. Archaeological evidence suggests it was being grown and cultivated long before the Romans, and has been an important grape for the identity and culture of the people who live in its indigenous Emilia region ever since. The grapes themselves are most commonly used for the famous sparkling wine which bears its name, and Lambrusco is renowned for holding slightly sweet, strawberry flavors which make it a favorite for many due to its light body, elegance and easy drinkability. It is also used to make dry wines, which have a slightly bitter after taste, and is a grape with many variants â€“ as many as sixty, making it an interesting and unique varietal with many sought after attributes.
The northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has long been a much loved wine region, associated with many of the finest Italian wines drank across the world today. Interestingly, the region's fine reputation is nothing new, as it was considered an extremely important center for wine making and viticulture over two thousand years ago by the Romans, and also by those who came before them. Today, the mineral rich soils and warm climate of the region provide excellent conditions for cultivating vines of exceedingly high quality, and a wide range of grape varietals are grown on Emilia-Romagna's fifty five thousand hectares under vine. By far the most prominent in the region are Lambrusco varietal grapes, used to make the region's flagship sparkling wines, and Malvasia.
It isn't difficult to understand why Italy is famed not just for the quality of its wines, but also for the vast variety and range of characteristics found in the wines there. The terrain of the country varies wildly, from the lush rolling green hills and valley of Tuscany, to the sun drenched rocky coasts of Sicily, the mountainous and alpine regions of the north, and the marshy lowlands of the east. Italy really does have a little bit of everything. Combine this huge range of landscapes with an almost perfect climate for grape cultivation, and you have a country seemingly designed for viticultural excellence. The results speak for themselves, and it is clear to see that wine has become an inseparable part of Italian culture as a result of its abundance and brilliance. Each village, city and region has a local wine perfectly matched with the cuisine of the area, and not an evening passes without the vast majority of Italian families raising a glass of locally sourced wine with pride and pleasure.