Cantina di Soliera Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro

A frizzante delight for cheerful red wine drinkers

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This is a Lambrusco which absolutely lays to rest the horror stories from the ‘80s of sweet pop posing as wine.  Here is a delightfully fresh frizzante packed with cherry flavours and finished with a thoroughly grown-up mix of acidity and tannins.   The label tells us that this wine is “amabile”[1] which can translate as sweet, but for this Lambrusco that would be entirely wrong.  Instead I would chose the alternative translations of lovable or amiable – this is a joyful wine to share with friends.  It starts with a gentle pop and fizzes merrily but gently in the glass – this is not a gassy wine and is certainly not carbonated. The nose foretells its deep flavours and on the tongue it has body and is well structured with deep fruity flavours.

All this comes with just an 8% ABV, achieved with the winemaker’s art, red wine depth, the benefits of a bit of fizz and the Grasparossa DOC, the smallest Lambrusco denomination, well regarded for its quality and one to remember. A Grasparossa will typically be dry, full bodied, deep red, tannic and come with a lower ABV.  Red wine drinkers should enjoy this.

[1] – Italian wines can be graded as Secco (dry), Amabile (off-dry) and Dolce (sweet)

Makers Notes

A traditional off-dry style produced from the Grasparossa grape – widely considered to be the highest quality of the Lambrusco varieties, with thicker skin and ripe tannins. It has lashings of vibrant cherry and berry fruit. Dark ruby red in colour with intense aromas of plum and ripe black cherry. The palate is fresh and vibrant with pure crushed black fruits balanced by fresh acidity and a touch of sweetness. The finish is clean and dry with a nip of tannin. The Lambrusco Grasparossa grapes are sourced from sandy-clay vineyards in the Castelvetro region south of Modena. Made using the Charmat method, with its second fermentation in tank.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: Dark purple
  • Nose: Cherry and plum
  • Pour: Gently sparkling
  • Taste: Off dry
  • Body: Medium bodied but effervescent so light on the tongue
  • Finish: Dry tannins

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Red Wine
ABV achieved by
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Cantina di Soliera
Bottle size (ml)
Calories Kcal/100ml
Medium - Frizzante


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