Ten varieties belonging to the large Lambrusco family together with eleven other vines, in some cases saved from extinction. The Lambrusco Migliolungo is born from this combination of biodiversity and the enhancement of the native heritage present in the territory of the province of Reggio Emilia. Marketed and vinified by the Cantina di Arceto, one of the four souls of the Emilia Wine family, Lambrusco Migliolungo is the result of collaboration with the “A. Zanelli ”of Reggio Emilia. A project, started in 2002, born from the desire to enhance and safeguard a collection of ancient vines that were slowly disappearing. Right here, in the farm annexed to the school, there are also the 21 vines that make up the original multivarietal blend from which the Lambrusco Migliolungo Emilia Igt is born, whose name derives from the area where the vineyards of the Institute arise, just outside Reggio Emilia with the grapes that are kept by teachers and students.
Among the vines that make up Lambrusco Migliolungo, ten varieties belong to the large Lambrusco family: Lambrusco with jagged leaves, Lambrusco Barghi, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Montericco, Lambrusco Oliva, Lambrusco Via Salamanese and Lambrusco Via Salamanese . Together with them both black grape varieties (Croatina, Fogarina, Fortana, Marzemino, Perla dei Vivi, Sgavetta, Termarina, Uva Tosca and Ancellotta) and a small percentage of white grapes (Durella and Scarsafoglia). Sometimes also Malbo Gentile, another historical vine of the territory, enters the blend to compensate for the possible discontinuity of production of some of the 21 cultivars. The origin, as well as from the vineyard inside the Zanelli Institute, in the case of some varieties also comes from the most suitable vineyards of some of the members of the Cantina di Arceto.
Tradition, territoriality but also ambition. “This is a wine to which we are very attached and which every year we produce with great attention and a pinch of real emotion”, explained Luca Tognoli, oenologist and “father” of Migliolungo who then adds: “the recovery of ancient varieties is an activity that we consider fundamental for a winery like ours, strongly linked to viticulture that is practiced in a territory with an ancient wine-growing vocation. The result is a wine of great balance and character, which at the same time wants to be an ambassador of the indigenous heritage present not only in the province of Reggio Emilia, but throughout the peninsula “. Furthermore, as Daniele Galli, professor of the A.Zanelli Institute pointed out, “the sales of this wine contribute to the financing of our school and represent a tangible testimony of the great passion we have for biodiversity that this territory is still capable of. to offer “. For Marco Fasoli, director of Emilia Wine, “it is a hymn to biodiversity, to the preservation of the richness of our ampelographic heritage and to diversity”.
The harvest usually takes place in mid-September: after the de-stemming-crushing of the grapes, the maceration proceeds for about six days, followed by racking, fermentation at a controlled temperature in steel and subsequent refermentation in autoclave. The Lambrusco Migliolungo reinforces the philosophy of Cantina di Arceto, strongly linked to the native vines of the territory, among which there is also the Spergola, the historic white grape variety of the Scandiano hills that the company enhances in several versions, starting from those sparkling and sparkling.