itineraries

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The Province of Wine
The province of wine It is a stretch of land shaped by two rivers flowing north, towards the great Po river, and crowned by the high Apennine mountains in the south. That part of the province owes its fertility to the water of the Panaro river in the east and the Secchia river and for thousands of years it has been hosting and renewing the food and wine myth of the cuisine of Modena.

Its long novel evolves along innumerable generations of industrious people and is deeply rooted especially in the agricultural culture, traditional values and folklore to be maintained as a cultural heritage. That very novel has consolidated and refined in time and produced an important and flourishing food and agricultural industry which sees typical products not only as and economic resource, but also as a symbol of culture and civilisation, a tangible sign of a mutual and close tie connecting the people from Modena to their land. The Lambrusco is one of those "typical" products. It is a wine endowed with all the characteristics of the land where ft originates: honest, stubborn, energetic, sparkly, genuine, funny, joyful, easy going, versatile, engaged albeit never too "engaging".

Lambrusco: three wines in one
It is mentioned in the mythological legends and ancient histories, old farmers' proverbs and modern paintings. The first mention of the "Vitis lambrusca" as a wild vine dates back to the Roman age, but only in the 19th century did certain genetic lines prevail and, thanks to the natural characteristics and the evolution brought about by human interventions, took on a specific character. Three similar but distinct types of wine are eventually codified. The Lambrusco of Modena is actually divided into three varieties: Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce and Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro. Within the general frame of Lambrusco, each variety is marked by well-defined characteristics, a distinctive character mainly deriving from the differences in the natural features of the vines used, the peculiar traits of the areas of origin leading to differences in the soil composition, microclimate and human intervention. In 1970 the Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro and Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce have achieved the PDO (protected designation of origin).

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