Italian Indigenous Varieties:Lambrusco di Sorbara

emilia romagna

I like to use this photo that I took of the pavilion at Vinitaly for Emilia Romagna because it say it is “un mondo fantastico.” This is the way I feel about Emilia, a region I love and lived in when I went to graduate school in Bologna.


This week’s variety is Lambrusco di Sorbara. I have been writing about different Lambrusco varieties in the last month or so and this is most definitely one of the most famous and sought after. This past weekend I was out with friends who know how much I love Lambrusco and wanted to order one but one of our party was from Bologna and he insisted that he would only drink it if it was made from Lambrusco di Sorbara. Emotions run deep in Lambrusco land apparently. Sorbara is one of the oldest of the Lambrusco varieties and grows well in loose soils of sand and alluvial fans. When grown on clay soils it tends to lose it’s aromas yet be higher in color. Lambrusco di Sorbara was given the DOC classification in 1970. It is considered the most prestigious of the various Lamrbusco varieties. It comes from the area around Bomporto, near Modena.  To be a Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC wine, you need at least 60% of the wine to come from Lambrusco di Sorbara. The one in the picture from Francesco Vezzelli is lovely, relatively inexpensive at around $16 and available in the USA. Check out wine-searcher here.

I love Lambrusco with many foods or by itself. I laughed when my friend reserved the right to only drink ones from Sorbara but that’s one of the things I love about wine, it raises people’s passions to new heights. Cin Cin!











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