Gianluca Bergianti founded his estate as a 16ha oasis of polyculture located in the village of Gargallo di Carpi, just outside Modena. He has since been expanded the farm to 35ha planted to vegetables, fruits, cereals, herbs and grapes.
10ha is held for grapes, all of which are indigenous varieties and have been farmed biodynamically since inception.
You won't find picture-perfect monoculture vineyards here, but rather an abundance of cover crops growing in alternating rows that, in spring, are used as natural fertiliser. The vines are non-irrigated and all work in the vineyard from harvest to pruning is performed by hand.
In the cellar you will find dedication to the pre-Charmat method of Lambrusco production.
Contempt for both Charmat and Autoclave is not subtle here, hilariously summarised in Gianluca's succinct sentiment: 'We have an important hatred for the wines of autoclave and Charmat'.
Instead, unfermented grape must is added to the fermented wine before being bottled. The result of eschewing these now prominent methods are wines of scintillating purity, personality, presence and energetic acidity that has one reaching for the glass over and over again.
The winery is spartan in nature, lined with custom made cement tanks in which all wines go through primary fermentation. No yeast is added here, neither is acid ever adjusted nor chapitalisation ever employed. Dosage is a no-no too, resulting in spine tinglingly bone-dry wines.
It is with immense pleasure that we bring you these wines. For us, they are the beginning of a long rabbit hole of exploring the potential of this amazing region.