Cleto Chiarli is the oldest producer of Lambrusco in Emilia Romagna. The
winery was founded in 1860 by Cleto Chiarli, a restaurateur, who was already
producing his own Lambrusco for customers of his restaurant. Chiarli owns
seven estates, six located in the Modena DOC and one in the Colli Bolognesi
DOC, located in Bologna. The vineyards extend throughout the fertile alluvial
soils of the river Secchiaon on the plane north of Modena.
Lambrusco refers to a family of similar varietals that primarily grow in Emilia-
Romagna. There are several clones and sub varieties, the most common
being Sobara and the red stemmed Grasparossa. Sorbara is prized for its
lightness and elegance, while Grasparossa is fuller and more powerful. The
wines are produced using the Charmat process where a second fermentation
is conducted in pressurized stainless steel tanks.
For over a century, the Chiarli name has been considered a benchmark for
traditional quality Lambrusco.
|Bright violets, strawberry, raspberry and mineral with some vinegar.
|Grapes are sourced from vineyards located in Sorbara. The wine is produced using the traditional method, the same as Champagne, in which the second fermentation occurs in the bottle.