Emilia Romagna lies between the River Po to its north and the Apennine Mountains to its south. Its capital and largest city is Bologna.
Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe, being a center for food and automobile production. Barilla, Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini, Maserati are established there.
Emilia-Romagna has renowned gastronomic products Culatello di Zibello, Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano but also dishes such as lasagne with ragù alla Bolognese, tortellini and cotechino.
The region is also the home of one of Italy’s most popular wines, one whose name is a synonym for conviviality and merrymaking: Lambrusco
The story of Lambrusco is closely intertwined with the Chiarli family of Modena, arguably the most important producers of red sparkling wine in the world. The tale begins with Cleto Chiarli, the owner of the Modena restaurant Osteria dell’Artigliere in the mid-1800s. As was common for restaurateurs and innkeepers in those days, Chiarli made his own wine to sell at the osteria. Naturally, the wine was made from Lambrusco, the area’s primary grape variety, and it was so well received by customers that in 1860 Chiarli decided to found Emilia Romagna’s first wine-producing company, the Cantina Cleto Chiarli. The company thrived, and eventually, under the Chiarli 1860 name, it became the largest privately-owned producer of Lambrusco.