Cantina Della Volta (Or, Winery of the Vault) is a winery that we fell hard for, so when we heard that they'd be in town for a visit we made sure to put our ducks in a row to make sure they could lead us through a tasting of their dynamic sparkling wines.
Cantina Della Volta is headed by Christian Bellei, a fourth generation winemaker, with holdings in Modena, which is pretty much dead center of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and also has quite the reputation for balsamic vinegar.
What makes Bellei different was his quest to make Lambrusco di Sorbara into a champagne style wine, having spent a considerable amount in time in Champagne to learn their approach to sparkling wine.
That's not the only trick up their sleeve, Cantina Della Volta does make a wine in the champagne method using traditional Champagne grapes as well (in this case Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and a couple of other fun sparkling wines as well.
We'll also be taking advantage of the natural savory pairings that work so well with Lambrusco by having little truffle pasta bites with fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano from Giorgio Cravero. buona mangiata!