Italy North Wine Guide

Gianfranco Paltrinieri

Solco 2019 - Cantina Paltrinieri
Written by Piero Pardini

Gianfranco Paltrinieri – Emilia Romagna – ITALY

“It was 1926 when Achille Paltrinieri, my grandfather, an esteemed chemist and pharmacist, began producing the first bottles of Lambrusco di Sorbara. Cantina Paltrinieri is a family-run winery that transforms and vinifies its 17-hectare grapes into Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC in the most suitable area for the production of this vine, ‘il Cristo’ di Sorbara, a very fertile strip of land in the low Modena, squeezed between the rivers Secchia and Panaro. Since the 1960s, the company has been run and expanded by my parents, Gianfranco and Pierina and, since 1996, I have run it together with my wife Barbara. In 1998, we were the first to bet on pure Sorbara, to the point of communicating it on a label. Those were the years in which the Lambrusco he “liked” was dark red and often sweetish. The pure Sorbara, on the other hand, is naturally pale pink in color and with a marked acidity. In 2008, the decisive turning point came with the presentation of de Leclisse, a selection of pure Sorbara: a light pink, dry, fresh bubble that meets the taste of young people, paradoxically obtained from the extreme enhancement of tradition and typicality. I didn’t want to invent anything but I just listened to my father who always told me in dialect that Sorbara “alone” is better. But you don’t grow up alone. They have always taught me that to learn you need to have a teacher. Fortunately, we have had many: my father, our oenologists Attilio Pagli and Leonardo Conti; the agronomists Stefano Dini and Dario Ceccatelli, the artist Fabrizio Loschi who created the labels and who follows the communication. The thing I love most is the opportunity to communicate and show the beauty of my work, whether it is as a welcome in the cellar or going around the world to tell the whole life behind it through a glass of wine. The real legacy we would like to leave to our children is the passion and gratitude for what is given to us every day ”. (Alberto Paltrinieri)

Ownership: Alberto Paltrinieri
Oenological management: Leonardo Conti, Attilio Pagli
Agronomic management: Stefano Dini
Viticulture: Integrated struggle
Vineyard hectares: 17
Bottles produced: 180,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Foundation year: 1926

Labels reviewed
Leclisse 2020
Radice Corona 2020

Cantina Paltrinieri
Via Cristo 49 Sorbara (Modena)
Phone +39 059 902047

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.

He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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