Italian for “wild grape,” Lambrusco refers to a family of varietals, but also a style of wine. Originally, the grape and its variants come from the Emilia-Romagna region in Northeast Italy, with one exception: Lambrusco Mantovano is native to the Lombardia region in the north. Unfortunately, due to market demand in the 1970s and 80s, Lambrusco was usually produced as a light, sweet, semi-sparkling wine, at around 10% ABV. This has, understandably, given many people the idea that Lambrusco is a no-go zone. But nothing could be further from the truth!
Today, Lambrusco is mostly made as a sparkling dry red wine or rose wine with great acid structure, fine-grained tannins and beautiful red berry fruit characters. It is light to medium bodied, and the best ‘frizzante’ examples are perfect for chilling down on a hot day, and enjoying outdoors at a picnic!
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