Reggio Emilia is also home of a well-known red sparkling wine: Lambrusco, D.O.C. by Presidential Decree since 1971, also produced in the provinces of Modena, Parma and a small portion of Matua’s.
The Roman already knew the qualities of the grapes of Regium Lepidi (Reggio’s Roman name), and produced Lambrusco’s ancestor.
This fresh, pleasant tasting, usually red or rosé wine must be served “young” and it is very common on Reggio inhabitants’ tables, being great to accompany dishes from the local tradition.
Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa wines, with controlled denomination of origin (D.O.C.), are made from different grapes such as Malvasia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marzemino, Bianco Classico and other varieties. Recently, they have become very popular, principally because of their delicate and fresh taste and their ability to match with the different expressions of both nouvelle cusine and the traditional dishes; especially the white wines, sweet or semidry, fizzy and sparkling, are excellent for the aperitivo but also for a light lunch.