Denny Bini / Podere Cipolla


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Practicing organic, 7 ha. (of which 3 ha. are bought grapes from a neighbour who has a certified organic vineyard on his agroturismo). Marl and sand soils.

After too many years of industrially-produced mediocrity, Emilia is now home to a small but growing cell of artisanal producers who are farming carefully and returning to the metodo ancestrale (also know as Pet-Nat) of their great-grandfathers. Denny Bini is one of the humble heroes of this renaissance-revolution. Over the years, he has  slowly been changing his career from historic cellar master of well-known Lambrusco estate to someone with his own vineyards and cellar of mostly metodo ancestrale wines.

Denny makes two Lambrusco we currently bring in: Spuma is his bottle-fermented metodo ancestral made from the geeky high-acid Sorbara grape, and an everyday drinking sparkling red Lambrusco from Emilia, that’ become affectionally and unofficially known as the ‘Festa’  or ‘Party’ label, owing to the big ol’ table of various types of people enjoying a raucous meal, and to the fact that it’s delicious, a touch bitter, and goes down easy if you don’t overthink it (kinda like most family gatherings).

Denny’s a good person to visit to get a list of all the under the radar trattoria and agroturismi in the area, and an all around great guy. Look out for his bianco metodo ancestrale that’s he’s been planting vines of the last few years.

Press & Resources:
Slow Wine Snail Award for the winery