Francesco Gibellini is justly proud of the Grasparossa grape he specializes in. It was the founder of the estate Franco Simonini who isolated it after WWII, as the best example of Lambrusco in Castelvetro. It remains unique to the area, producing structured wines with remarkable depth. Today the Gibellinis are determined to preserve Simonini’s legacy. Francesco takes care of the vineyard and cantina, while his uncle Massimo and cousin Alberto are in charge of the administrative and marketing side.
The estate covers 35 acres of mainly clay soils. The valley gets plenty of sun, but there are cool breezes and a large swing between day and night temperatures. This and the long growing season allow the grapes to develop additional complex flavors while maintaining fresh acidity.
The winery is relatively new, built on environmentally sound principles (most of it is underground) and equipped with modern technology: stainless-steel tanks, autoclaves for sparkling wine, and oak casks.