Now in its 9th edition, the purpose of the “Matilde di Ca¬nossa – Terre di Lambrusco” wine competition is to highlight and promote the best production of dry, semi-dry, semisweet and sweet Lambrusco wine, as well as awarding and encou¬raging the wine-making enterprises to continuously improve the quality of their products.

Wine-making enterprises with head-quarters and/or plan¬ts in the provinces of Reggio Emilia, Modena, Parma and Mantua (the classic production zone) may take part in the competition.

The Competition is reserved to Dop and Igp sparkling wi¬nes and Dop and Igp spumante wines – classic and charmat method – made with at least 85% of Lambrusco grape varie¬ties of the following designations: Colli di Parma Dop, Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa Dop, Modena Dop, Lambrusco di Sorbara Dop, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Dop, Lambrusco Mantovano Dop, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Dop, Reggiano Dop, Emilia Igp Lambrusco, Provincia di Mantova Igp Lambrusco, Quistello Igp Lambrusco, Sabbione¬ta Igp Lambrusco.

The wines presented at the 9th “Matilde di Canossa – Terre di Lambrusco” Competition were produced with grapes from the 2017, 2016 and/or previous harvests and the enterprises were allowed to present one single bottling lot for each spar¬kling and/or spumante wine label of each vintage.

Formed following lots drawn in public, the Commissions comprise 6 oenologists, at least four of whom work in Emi¬lia and a sommelier. The assessment method used is the one established by “Union Internationale des Oenologues”, which judges the wine visually (clarity, perlage and colour), according to its aroma (frankness, intensity, fineness and har¬mony), flavour and flavour/aroma (frankness, intensity, body, harmony and persistence). Each member of the Commission expresses his personal opinion.

The samples are presented to the Commissions for asses¬sment in a strictly anonymous way, or with an indication as to the Controlled designation of origin or the Typical geographical indication and the type.

The final score obtained by each sample in the Competiti¬on is established by the arithmetical average of the individu¬al numeric scores, with the highest and lowest score having been eliminated.

The wines of each of the designations of origin and each of the geographical indications that obtain a score of 80/100 or more, are selected ex aequo, up to a maximum 40% of the samples participating in the Competition for each designati¬on of origin and geographical indication.

The 3 wines of each of the designations of origin and geo¬graphical indications that obtain the highest score undergo a further evaluation, conducted by two different commissions. The wine from each designation of origin and geographical indication that obtains the highest score comes first in its respective category, and is awarded a gold medal diploma. This diploma is awarded only provided that at least 3 samples were selected at the initial evaluation stage for each designa¬tion of origin or geographical indication.
The wine competition took place on 24 and 25 May 2018 and selected these 103 wines, which were awarded a diploma of merit; the wines that were awarded a gold me¬dal diploma will be announced on September, 27th