Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Casinalbo, Modena
People: Anna Barbolini, Mauro & Matteo Buffagni, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Organic


Barbolini NV 'Bellerofonte' Lambrusco di Sorbara DOP Login On Order
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The Barbolini winery was founded in 1889 by Egidio Barbolini, who was a Lambrusco and balsamic vinegar hobbyist. Today, in its fourth generation of family winemaking, the winery continues to produce these two products, in addition to other sparkling wines based on local grapes. Located near Modena in a town called Casinalbo, they excel at the classic Emilia-Romagna Lambrusco, a sparkling, refreshing red.

They grow Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Pignoletto dell’Emilia (a native grape) on their estates in the DOCs of Grasparossa di Castelvetro in the south and the Sorbara in the north. They keep their yields low and employ cutting-edge methods and equipment, including soft pressing, thermo-controlled fermentation, and using only selected natural yeasts. Secondary fermentation is achieved via the Charmat Method, in steel tank. The care they take in the cellar is reflected in their vineyards, too: Barbolini is certified organic, grapes are hand harvested, and they don’t use irrigation.

Media Links
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The Examiner: Lambrusco has outgrown the discotheque
Into Wine: Lambrusco: The Effervescent Wine of Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region