The Wine: Selvadeg Bianco Pet-Nat 2021
Fangareggi Selvadeg Bianco Pet-Nat 2021 is a sparkling natural wine made from grapes grown organically near Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Central Italy. Bright acidity, pleasant fizziness, great with tinned fish or as an aperitif.
The Producer: Fangareggi
Vitivinicola Fangareggi was officially founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Fangareggi, but the tradition of growing Lambrusco grapes has been in the Fangareggi family since the 1800s. Today, Giuseppe's son, Matteo, runs the farm along with his mother, Margherita, and his uncle, Roberto. Giuseppe and Roberto mainly take care of the vineyards, Margarita takes care of reception, and Matteo takes care of everything else, including the winemaking. Their wines are produced only from the family's 24ha of vineyards spread across eight parcels in the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena.
Grapes are pruned and harvested by hand and the vineyards are practicing organic with an advanced integrated pest management protocol, without the use of chemical herbicides or fungicides, using mechanical weeding, and organic fertilizers. In the cellar, Matteo uses only indigenous yeasts for primary fermentation to produce six types of sparkling wines, both red and white, with a focus on the production of Lambrusco. These are authentic and joyful wines, perfect with the meats and cheeses Emilia is known for.
The Region: Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-Romagna is a region as famous for its wines as it is for its incredibly rich culinary tradition. Who hasn't tried products such as Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto Crudo di Parma DOP, Culatello di Zibello DOP? Who hasn't typical dishes such as Tortellini di Modena, Lasagne alla Bolognese, or Tagliatelle? It is safe to say that Emilia-Romagna set the standards for Italian culinary excellence worldwide.
Emila-Romagna is located in the northern part of Italy and is the only Italian region with traits of coast both to the east and west. Its territory is mostly flat, dominated by Italy's longest river, Po river, and by Italy's largest flatland, called Pianura Padana, the most fertile agricultural region of the peninsula.
Emilia-Romagna borders with Lombardy (north-west), Veneto (north), Marche (south), Tuscany (south-west), and Liguria (west). Bologna is the region's capital and of the Italian cities with the highest quality of life - it is also home of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
In popular culture, Emilia-Romagna found new glory in recent years precisely thanks to its unmatched food culture. "Osteria Francescana", the brainchild of "poet chef" Massimo Bottura, was voted best restaurant in the world for 2016 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants' jury.
Moreover, Aziz Ansari's hit show "Master of None" is set in Modena, where Aziz (Dev) is an apprentice chef at a traditional Tortellini di Modena shop who's on a mission to try and eat each and every local delicacy he comes across.