The Grape: The story of Pederzana Estate starts with a search of the best Grasparossa grape clone. In the 1950s, Franco Simonini and his wife Margherita from Grasparossa di Castelvetro, collaborate with University of Bologna to grow the best quality Grasparossa clone. This passionate vine growing couples soon identify a unique clone in high quality yet low quantity. At the post-war age, quantity matters - no other grape growers are willing to plant a low yield grape. This clone remains only in Franco and Margherita’s family vineyard, which is now what we known as Pederzana Estate.
Francesco Gibellini, nephew of Franco Simonini, makes his uncle’s dream comes true. Francesco turns the family vineyard to a winery in 1996, introduces this finest Lambrusco made by the best clone to the market. Despite all the offers from commercial wine growing cooperative to increase the planting of this clone, it remains in the family vineyard as remembrance of Franco and Margherita, and is now a bottled boutique wine for the wine connoisseur!
The Estate: Pederzana Estate enjoys a 14 hectares land of vineyards, woodland mostly planted with oaks, and a natural lake. The vineyards are south-east and east facing, in the valley of Solignano Vecchio. The valley benefits from cool air currents acuminated at night, and warmth from the morning sunshine – the significant temperature differences within a day provides an ideal microclimate for grape growing and the preservation of its aroma. The clay soil allows the vines to cope well with dry seasons.
The grapes are picked by hands. The wine is macerated with skins to obtain a bright ruby colour with purple highlights. The un-mistakable scent of morello cherries is the hallmark of this clone.