Lambrusco is an ancient varietal with many clones found primarily in Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige. Lambrusco has a very noble background. The wild vine from which the existing variety originated, called Labrusca by the Latins, was known to the Etruscans and the Romans.
The Romans made a bitterish beverage from Labrusca grapes, which Pliny the Elder recommended for its supposed therapeutic effects. Although it has a 2,000 year-old pedigree, there are many prejudices against the wine. Widespread belief is that there is only one Lambrusco, when in reality, there are many, each with different sensory characteristics. DNA suggests that it is accurate to believe that Lambrusco is domesticated from local wild vines.
Lambrusco Reggiano DOC, a fruity, lively red wine is made from a blend of Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco Montericco, Lambrusco Maestri and Ancellotta produced in the province of Reggio Emilia.