Lambrusco

Red grape variety

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What is Lambrusco?

Lambrusco is a family of red grape varieties from Italy, most commonly associated with a lightly sparkling wine of the same name, whose industrial reputation overshadows many excellent examples.

What does Lambrusco taste like?

Lambrusco divides into two very distinct styles. The bulk of production is low alcohol, fizzy, sweet wine that can be any colour. However, there are many producers, generally smaller in scale, who make the traditional Lambrusco style: a deep red, lightly sparkling, almost invariably dry wine with a flavour of sour cherries. Each variety in the Lambrusco family brings a different characteristic, whether structure, colour, perfume, fruit richness, alcohol or tannin so individual styles may vary accordingly.

Where is Lambrusco from?

Although grapes called Lambrusco can be found all over Italy, they are often genetically distinct from the closely related family of Lambrusco varieties from Emilia-Romagna. Derived from the Latin “labrusca” meaning “wild vine”, Lambrusco may well have been domesticated by the ancient Etruscans, although it is not named as a specific variety in written records until the late 16th century.
 


Where does Lambrusco grow?

Lambrusco plantings, and certainly the wine denomination that shares this name, are centred on Italy’s Emilio-Romagna region. Indeed, the wines have evolved as a brilliant match for the rich, often pork-based cuisine in this part of the world. The fruity Lambrusco Maestri variety in particular has travelled further afield as far as Argentina and Australia.

Famous Lambrusco regions:

Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Anything else?

Lambrusco’s main varieties include: Lambrusco Salomino, Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco Viadanese, Lambrusco di Alessandria, Lambrusco Oliva, Lambrusco Montericco, Lambrusco Barghi. Lambrusco di Rivalta, Lambrusco Corbelli, Lambrusco di Fiorano, Lambrusco Gonzaga, Lambrusco Nobel, Lambrusco Benetti and Lambrusco Pjcol Ross.

Our selection of great Lambrusco

- Monte delle Vigne, Emilia-Romagna
 
- Cleto Chiarli, Emilia-Romagna
 
- Tenuta Pederzana, Emilia-Romagna
 
- Chalmers, Heathcote, Australia

Color: white
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Serving: Fish, Venison
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2022 Del Fondatore Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Vino Frizzante Secco
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Del Fondatore Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC  Vino Frizzante Secco Sparkling Wine
93
2022 Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Secco
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11%
Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC  Secco Sparkling Wine
93
2022 Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Vino frizzante secco
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11%
Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC  Vino frizzante secco Sparkling Wine
93
2022 Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC
Paltrinieri
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11%
Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Sparkling Wine
92
2022 Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Vino frizzante secco
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11%
Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC  Vino frizzante secco Sparkling Wine
92
2022 Rimosso Lambrusco di Sorbara Rosé DOC Vino frizzante secco
Cantina della Volta
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
12,5%
Rimosso Lambrusco di Sorbara Rosé DOC  Vino frizzante secco Sparkling Wine
92
2022 Piria Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC
Paltrinieri
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Piria Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Rosé Wine
92
2022 Cadelvento Rosé Lambrusco Reggiano DOP Brut
Venturini Baldini
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Cadelvento Rosé Lambrusco Reggiano DOP  Brut Sparkling Wine
91
2022 100 Vendemmie Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Vino Spumante Rosé DOP Brut
Cantina di Santa Croce
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
100 Vendemmie Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Vino Spumante Rosé DOP  Brut Sparkling Wine
91
2022 Cadelvento Spergola Bianco Spumante Emilia IGP
Venturini Baldini
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
12%
Cadelvento Spergola Bianco Spumante Emilia IGP Sparkling Wine
90
2022 Centenario Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Vino Frizzante amabile
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
8%
Centenario Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC  Vino Frizzante amabile Sparkling Wine
90
2022 Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano DOC Vino frizzante secco
Medici Ermete
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano DOC  Vino frizzante secco Sparkling Wine
90
2022 La Vie Modena Lambrusco Rosso DOC Vino frizzante secco
Cantina VentiVenti
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
10,5%
La Vie Modena Lambrusco Rosso DOC  Vino frizzante secco Sparkling Wine
90
2022 Piazza Grande Vino Spumante di Modena Rosato DOP Brut
Cantina di Carpi e Sorbara
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Piazza Grande Vino Spumante di Modena Rosato DOP  Brut Sparkling Wine
89
2022 Sudigiri Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Spumante DOP Extra Dry
Pezzuoli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Sudigiri Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Spumante DOP  Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
88
2022 Metodo Classico Rosso VSQ 2020 Brut
Francesco Bellei
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
12%
Metodo Classico Rosso VSQ 2020 Brut Sparkling Wine
88
2022 Crocevia Lambrusco dell'Emilia Rosato IGP
Cantina di Santa Croce
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11%
Crocevia Lambrusco dell'Emilia Rosato IGP Sparkling Wine
85
2021 LaRiserva Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Extra Brut
Paltrinieri
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
LaRiserva Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC  Extra Brut Sparkling Wine
93
2021 Del Fondatore Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Frizzante Secco
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11,5%
Del Fondatore Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC  Frizzante Secco Sparkling Wine
93
2021 Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Frizzante Secco
Cleto Chiarli
Italy
Emilia-Romagna,  Italy
Sparkling Wine
Lambrusco
11%
Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC  Frizzante Secco Sparkling Wine
93
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