Sorbara and the Lambrusco wine

A fertile strip of land between the Secchia and Panaro Rivers is the heart of the production of Lambrusco di Sorbara, made from the grapes of vineyards nurtured on the flooded earth between the two rivers.

According to legend, Henry IV’s soldiers faced Matilde di Canossa’s troops here and were defeated—not in battle, but because of Lambrusco, so appreciated by Henry’s men that they were literally “knocked to their feet.” There is generally an admission charge for winery tours, which include a tasting. The experience is highly recommended!