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On the 29th year of the Mundus Vini International Award, the historic sparkling wine made from native grape variety Spergola by Casali Viticultori stood out from the over 4500 wines from 35 nations in the running for the prize.
The wine which won Gold at the prestigious international Mundus Vini event organised by historic German publishing house Meininger is one of the most historic labels not only for Casali Viticultori but also in Emilia sparkling winemaking as a whole. Ca’ Besina Colli di Scandiano e Canossa DOP Brut Spergola Spumante Metodo Classico, vintage 2016, made with Spergola, a characteristic variety native to the Scandiano hills near Reggio, won out with over 100 judges who blind tasted more than 4500 wines from 35 nations. ‘We are very happy indeed with this international award’, said Marco Fasoli, Emilia Wine Group’s commercial and marketing director. ‘Casali Viticultori was a pioneer in Spergola growing and protection, a variety which is at its best in champagne method sparkling wine form. Ca’ Besina was first made in the late 1970s and is still a benchmark.’. Made with Spergola grown in the Reggio hills on soils characterised by a high proportion of clay, Ca’ Besina is given 48 months on the lees before final bottling and sale. ‘It is a champagne method wine of great finesse, tangy and intense in the mouth’, added Marco. ‘Its considerable length makes it perfect not only as a pre-dinner drink and with starters but also paired with more complex dishes.’