Among the sparkling wines of Emilia, Lambrusco is certainly one of the most well known both nationally and internationally. It is definitely the wine best adapted to the summer season, as when served cold it pleasantly differs in taste from other red wines whose tannins notably augment the woodiness apparent on the palate at cold temperatures. But few know that among all of the grape varietals cultivated in the peninsula, almost all of which arrived hundreds or even thousands of years ago from Greece or France, Lambrusco, which derives from wild autochthonous grapes, is a true native of Italy and therefore a maximum expression of Italian identity. Inimitable, wholly original, and a perfect union of the land, the climate, and the character of the Emilian people: a strange mixture of cordiality, generosity, straightforwardness and candor. Lambrusco is unique, but with a wide variety of declinations: an entire group of sub-varietals with common family origins, similar to each other but not identical, cultivated from the vines that always produced the best grapes.
It is a wine that never ceases to surprise, and that inspires the creativity of the vintners who passionately look after all the phases of production. This is the case with Bellei family at the Cantina della Volta, who have a long tradition behind them and a passion handed down from father to son, further informed by numerous visits to France, the home of noble sparkling wines. From this experience came the idea of vinifying their Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes “in white,” with an extraordinary effect of surprise: in a vermilion bottle wrapped in Uv-resistant paper, one only notices the strawcolored effervescent identity of the contents upon pouring, a sparkling wine made with the classic méthode champénoise. This “white with a red heart” is the latest great Lambrusco.