The vine Lambrusco di Sorbara is an indigenous variety of ancient origin, derived by domestication of wild vines (Vitis Lambrusca, also mentioned by Pliny the Elder), also known as “uzeline” or “oseline” for the fact that they were growing in a spontaneous way on the edge of the woods, plundered by the birds.
The Lambrusco di Sorbara gets its name from the village of Sorbara in the municipality of Bomporto, near Modena. It is characterized by the floral abortion phenomenon and this is due to a flowering anomaly which causes a considerable loss of product (in some years occur production losses that exceed two-thirds of the harvest). It is now clear that this phenomenon, typical of Lambrusco di Sorbara, is caused mainly by pollen sterility.
This particular characteristic of the vine Lambrusco di Sorbara helps to make it unique, easy to remember because this peculiarity distinguishes it from all other types of Lambrusco.
The berry is black, medium, and sub-round with thick, substantial, very waxy, blue-black skin. The bunch is medium, pyramidal, winged and typically sparse with a medium, pentagonal leaf.
The vine Lambrusco di Sorbara prefers loose soil, sandy and permeable, it is prone to leaking and millerandage. This vine has very high vigor, vintage mid-late maturing.
The Lambrusco di Sorbara gives a clear ruby red colored wine with a pinkish froth (the lightest of the four varieties of Lambrusco of Modena province). The scent is fresh, very fine, with a characteristic and distinct hint of violet. The taste is fresh and delicate, fruity, balanced.