Food and wine routes

Modena Lambrusco DOC: an ancient and sparkling pleasure

Modena - MO


bottiglia di lambrusco, accompagnato da salumi e crescentine

Lambrusco comes from the "labrusca" vine, which was already known to the Etruscans and Romans, and even earlier to the Gauls of Liguria.
Catone mentioned it in the 2nd century BC in "De Agri Cultura".
In the Modena area there are several types of Lambrusco: the Lambrusco di Sorbara, the Lambrusco Salamino di S.Croce and the Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro.
With these three variations it is a modern wine, with a lively effervescent froth, an intense, persistent fragrance and a rich taste enhanced by good tartness.
Through the skill and diligence of generations of producers, Lambrusco has become one of the symbols of the province of Modena.


To find out more
The whole province is rich in vineyards, that you can visit to learn more about the methods of production, preservation and ageing of this wine.
To book a guided tour you can contact directly the Consorzio di tutela del Lambrusco (Lambrusco Protection Consortium) or the tourism agencies promotion in the area:

(incoming travel agency)
Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori Città Castelli, Ciliegi
Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori della Pianura modenese Terre Piane

Where to taste it
As well as the numerous wine shops, cafe, restaurants and trattoria, the Province of Modena offers many opportunities to taste and enjoy this sparkling wine.
The month of September is packed with festivals dedicated to lambrusco:

In Sorbara (13 Kmfrom Modena) during the second and third weeks of the month, there is the "Sagra del Lambrusco di Sorbara"  with shows and entertainment followed by tasting.
From there, if you follow S.P. 1 (provincial road) you arrive in Carpi where the "Sagra della Lasagna e del Lambrusco" is held, with local markets.
You could then turn south, crossing Modena again and continuing to Castelvetro, where in the last two weeks of September the "Sagra dell'uva e dei Lambrusco Grasparossa"  is held, with cultural shows inspired by wine-growing tradition.
Another not-to-be missed event is at Levizzano Rangone, a few kilometres from Castelvetro on provincial road 18 towards Puianello.
Here, in the month of May, the "Palio enogastronomico delle frazioni di Castelvetro" (Wine and Food Contest of the Hamlets around Castelvetro) is held: an initiative to promote the area's top product: Lambrusco Grasparossa.

Last update: 12/06/2020