Lambrusco Fam Trip MATILDE DI CANOSSA: wine competition in Reggio Emilia (June 29th to July 2nd) organized by Chamber of Commerce of Reggio Emilia. On this occasion Itinere hosted 7 wine-expert journalists, who had the opportunity to discover the food and wine traditions of these lands as well as its citiziens. A 3 day press tour with the aim to reveal our incredible Heritage. During the first day the press staff made its way through the city as well as attend the Matilde di Canossa cerimony, taking the chance to taste the winner local wines.
Let’s start with Parmigiano Reggiano tour that could not be missed! The king of Cheeses is the one of the most ancient known cheeses, produced today with the same ingredients, technique and artisanal cure as it was eight centuries ago. A healty tasting with three different aging was just the cherry on top.
The Italian national flag was first adopted in Reggio Emilia on 7 January 1797. On that day, representatives of the cities of Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna and Ferrara proclaimed the green, white, and red Tricolour to be the banner of the Cispadane Republic. A guided visit of Reggio Emilia with its Tricolour Hall in Municipal Palace is a worth-visited stop. The pleasant market with typical local products in the charming Piazza Fontanesi. The ancient and modern achitectural works, Piazza Prampolini (know as Piazza Grande) with Crostolo torrent statue. The Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre. Few of truly examples of the interesting and beautiful town: Reggio Emilia.
Our delightful tour continues with gourmet dinner in a renowed and elegant restaurant: cappelletti and erbazzone are just two of the appetizing plates that were served.
The best Lambrusco has to be discovered… and what is the best way for doing this? Organizing a visit at the wineries who won the Matilde di Canossa wine Competition. Lambrusco family is the most widespread in the lands from Parma to Reggio Emilia and Modena. These crispy and juicy grapes give a pleasant bubbly wine that is the most exported in the world. A successful trade that reflects Lambrusco’s popularity in its homeland. Some prefer the sweet version and other the dry one, some enjoy the violet note and others like the hints of ripe wild berries. Whatever kind of Lambrusco you prefer, this wine is unique and highly recognizable on the first sip: freshness, bubbles and red fruit aromas cannot mislead you.
On the edge of the town, you could lose yourself in agri-food park named Rodano, where the organic farm grows its vegetables and fruits. Since 1990 the family has been taking care of the vineyard that produces, every year, one of the most excellent Lambrusco. Here, our guests have taken part at a lovely cooking lesson: tortelli, tagliatelle and a yummy focaccia with organic and zero kilometre vegetables. What else ? fresh and local lunch all together!
Just another product is missed… the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia, which is obtained from acetic fermentation of cooked must using barrels of oak, chestnut, mulberry, cherry, ash wood and juniper. The stunning farm is on the historical hills of Matilde di Canossa in Emilia, where the local microclimate allows the sun to burn off the winter fog and the cool greenery to moderate the summer heat. Here, the production of the black gold (the vinegar used to be call with this name) and the precious and tasty sparking wine Lambrusco find their special climatic conditions.
Final stop is Bologna, also know as the learned (la dotta) since it is home of the oldest universtity in the Western world; the red (la rossa) due to the terracotta colour of the brick buildings, and the fat (la grassa) for its culinary treasures.
Well, after having a trip like this one wouldn’t you wish to take part in it as well ?
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