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Lambrusco di Sorbara Wine Region

Have You Tasted High-Quality Lambrusco di Sorbara Wines?

Lambrusco di Sorbara, which is a DOC wine classification, is also the name of the red wine grape from Italy.

Both the grapes and the red wine are originally from Emilla-Romagna in northern Italy.

So, what’s special about Lambrusco di Sorbara? Well, the Sorbara is considered to be the highest quality clone of Lambrusco with which the Italian wineries are making some of the world-famous wine varieties that are especially fragrant.

Wine grape varieties

Although there are other Lambrusco grape varieties, Sorbara variety from the village of Sorbara is more popular for its full-bodied wines.

Aren’t you curious to know more about these wines? Wait not a moment, read on….


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A Short Introduction to Lambrusco

The Lambrusco variety is mainly got from the regions of Emilla-Romagna and Lombardy.

The principal regions where these grapes are grown are found to be:

  • Modena
  • Parma
  • Reggio nell’Emilia
  • Mantua

The history of winemaking with these grapes can be dated back to the times of Etruscans. Right from the ancient Roman times, this grape variety was appreciated for its high productivity and yield.

Today, the most popular Lambrusco wines are the sparkling red wines from the following DOCs:

  • Colli di Parma Lambrusco
  • Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
  • Lambrusco di Sorbara
  • Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce
  • Reggiano Lambrusco
  • Colli di Scandiano e Canossa Lambrusco
  • Modena Lambrusco
  • Lambrusco Mantovano

Apart from the most popular Lambrusco di Sorbara variety, the other most commonly found Lambrusco grape varieties are:

  • Lambrusco Grasparossa
  • Lambrusco Maestri
  • Lambrusco Marani
  • Lambrusco Montericco
  • Lambrusco Salamino

All about Lambrusco di Sorbara Wines

Where is the Sorbara wine region? It is located to the north of Modena in the northern Italy.

The primary production region of Lambrusco di Sorbara wines is lying between the rivers of Secchia and Panaro.

We could say that the high quality of wines that are produced from Sorbara grape variety is mainly because of its distinctive feature, that is, flowering anomaly.

This nature of the grape variety is found to be reducing the yields by up to 30% by the result of which the grapes are getting more concentrated flavors.

This way, the drop in quantity is compensated by the quality. In general, this grape variety is found to be planted along with another grape variety called Salamino in order to improve the fertilization.

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Geology of the Region

As mentioned earlier, as the main cultivation area of this grape variety is lying between the rivers, the soils are found to be sandy, as well as loose.

They are found to be permeable and also rich in potassium contents.

When we move further away from these regions, we can find the clayey types of soil.

The Sorbara grapes that are grown in the clayey soils are found to be darker in color than others.

How will be the Wines from Lambrusco di Sorbara?

When it comes to wines that are made using Lambrusco, the ones that are from Sorbara are found to be the lightest in color.

With a pinkish froth, the wines are found to have a fresher and more pronounced fine fragrance.

They would also give a hint of violet which is the most distinctive feature of the Sorbara wines. So, what the taste of these wines would be like?

Well, these wines would have a delicate, more balanced tangy taste along with the fruity flavors. These wines are found to have a higher acidity due to the minerality of the terroir.

As per the Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC appellations, these wines must contain a minimum of 60% of Sorbara.


Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam


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