Cantina di Soliera
Soliera, from which the winery takes its name, comes from the Latin solarium, a “place exposed to the sun.” This is a fundamental element for cultivating Lambrusco. At Cantina di Soliera, decades of experience by its members, combined with the warmth of the sun shining above the vines and a passion for Lambrusco, has given rise to a delicious portfolio of cheerful, sparkling, intense, balanced and effervescent wines.
Cantina di Soliera is a cooperative winery composed of over 400 of the best growers in Emilia-Romagna. Their production of indigenous Lambrusco grapes stretches over the sunny vineyards between the Panaro and Secchia rivers, north of the capital city of Modena.
This large and interprovincial group of growers forms one of the oldest co-ops in the region, who in 1982, established this collective in order to bottle their own prized grapes. With over a century of combined experience, Cantina di Soliera has established itself as one of the top producers of Lambrusco di Sorbara, Salamino di Santa Croce, and Grasparossa di Castelvetro, from which they produce traditional, ancestral and tank-method sparkling wines.
Cantina di Soliera producers are stretched over vineyards between the Panaro and Secchia rivers, both tributaries of the river Po. The vineyards lie on sandy and clay soils, ideal for the cultivation of indigenous Lambrusco di Sorbara, the authentic grape of Emilia-Romagna. The sunny microclimate and sandy-clay soils are key to producing elegant Lambrusco, with fine, structural qualities, with the clay providing structure and the sandy soil is crucial for imparting elegant notes.
Among the many noble cru sites from which Cantina di Soliera selects their grapes, lies a single-vineyard plot of some 4 hectares of ungrafted Sorbara grapes, from 50-year-old vines. From here, grapes are sourced for the Cantina’s most authentic, dry Sorbara Lambrusco.
Today, Cantina di Soliera has 422 associated growers, harvesting a production 25,000 tons of grapes.