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Invernaia is the new Casali Viticultori project.

It is a wine range which shines the spotlight on local historical, cultural and artistic values. ‘Our intention with this new range is to underline once again, and even more powerfully, Casali Viticultori’s bond with the area’s value universe’, says Marco Fasoli, Emilia Wine’s managing director. ‘Fragrance, crispness and balance. These are gastronomic wines ideal with both traditional and innovative cuisine.’

Three still wines in the heart of ‘sparkling wine land’: Bianco dell’Emilia IGP combines Spergola with exuberant Sauvignon Blanc; Rosso dell’Emilia IGP is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; Rosato dell’Emilia IGP is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Marzemino and Lambrusco di Sorbara.

The name Invernaia conjures up the ripening required to make top quality wines, the winter resting period in the cellars and its label is a value microcosm. The hourglass marks the passage of time, the importance of remembering, the connection between past and present and the universal balance. The other symbols on it conjure up the Reggio area and its history, the statue of Lazzaro Spallanzani intent on observing a frog through a lens and the astronomical observatory named after him, the mosaic in 12th century Reggio Emilia cathedral, the Monte di Pietà building clocktower (built in 1216) and the Orlando Innamorato poem by Matteo Maria Boiardo, Scandiano poet and count. And, lastly, the heron, such a feature of Emilia, an icon of wisdom, and a farmer, evoking the hard work and passion which goes into working the vineyards.

Only 6000 bottles are made of each of the three wines in the Invernaia range and these can be bought at the firm’s shop and drunk in the area’s best restaurants.