Grasparossa is an ancient vine grown in the land around the town of Castelvetro, located south of Modena, at the first foothills of the Apennines.
The land spreads over the ancient alluvial deposits formed near the Guerro river, with a gravel content that sometimes emerges in the top soil. The deep-red tannin-rich grapes give life to a highly structured, rich, and fleshy wine. Historically produced with the ancestral method, it was often rough on the palate and - due to the considerable amount of lees - it was largely relegated to local consumption. The advent of the Charmat method brought out the finest features of Grasparossa, revealing its freshness, pleasant flavours, and the harmony of the grape.
What's more, the careful balance of significant levels of acidity and natural residual sugar lend this deep red Lambrusco worldwide appeal. In short, thanks to its new personality, Grasparossa has received considerable recognition from the market, so much so in fact, that it is now rightly included among the aristocracy of Italian wines.
Grasparossa is a signature wine for Cleto Chiarli. Tenuta Villa Cialdini has an historical vineyard built up with most authentic clones of Grasparossa, which give us the extraordinary grapes that we use for the famous “Vigneto Cialdini” single vineyard Lambrusco.