For over seven decades, the Albinea Canali winery in the north Italian province of Emilia Romagna has been identified with deftly crafted, affordably priced wines celebrating the region’s best-loved known grape varieties: Lambrusco and Lancellota. Today Albinea Canali is a leader in the premium Lambrusco category. Albinea Canali’s “Cru” Lambrusco, made from a careful selection of some of the region’s best vineyards, is a mainstay in leading wine stores and fine restaurants in Italy and around the world.
Albinea Canali is the result of a successful partnership established in 1936 between seven enterprising local grape-growing families. Bent on creating heightened quality wines destined to enjoy wider recognition, the seven founding families set aside competitive differences to pursue a common goal.
The rewards of partnership soon became evident, and nowhere more than in the quality of wine released under the Albinea Canali label, the result of more expertly managed vineyards, investments in innovative new winery equipment and advanced winemaking expertise. Other local vineyard owners were prompted to join the new venture and in less than two decades Albinea Canali comprised scores of local growers, drawn to the spirit of cooperation, and improved resources it offered.
In 2003 Albinea Canali was sold to Emilia Romagna’s best-known winery — the entity responsible for the best-selling Riunite label. Further investments followed, among them restoration of the original Albinea Canali winery, made with a careful eye to preserving its historic integrity as well as the surrounding environment. Today Albinea Canali boasts a beautifully designed hospitality center and enoteca, as well as attractive facilities in which to host meetings, conferences and special events.
Thanks to the commitment and support of Albinea Canali’s new ownership, Albinea Canali’s status as a leading name in fine quality Lambrusco is secure and the future looks brighter than ever for this highly regarded producer.