When the owners of Bugno Martino, Raffaella Merlin and her husband, Giuseppe Zavanella, were thinking of producing wine they knew they wanted to standout from the pack.
Bugno Martino – Backstory
Given that they are located in the municipality of San Benedetto Po – within the province of Mantova (Mantua in English) set in the region of Lombardi in northern Italy – their property was in the heart of Lambrusco Mantovano DOC country.
“We wanted to make a different type of Lambrusco, in an organic way. It is difficult to find organic Lambrusco, and this was why we wanted to do something different”, says Raffaella.
After traveling together, visiting wineries across Lombardi, the couple decided instead to take over a family farm and 12 years ago they planted their first vines.
To that end, Bugno Martino specializes in small production yields of Lambrusco Salamino, a varietal most commonly associated with Emilia Romagna, the region 10km south of their property.
This semi-sparkling wine can either be a red (Lambrusco Semi-Sparkling rosso) or rosé (Lambrusco Semi-Sparkling rosato), with a characteristic sparkling foam.
Before working in wine, Raffaella worked at an advertising agency. It is her eye for design and craftsmanship and Bugno Martino’s emphasis on their lands’ terroir that distinguish their wines.
Some exceptional wines from Bugno Martino.
- Ciamballà; 100% Lambrusco Salamino that personifies the famous sparkling violet foam with aromas of red fruit and berries, full body and pleasant minerality (takes the nickname of their daughter, Greta).
- Essentia; Lambrusco Mantovano DOC produced with an ancestral method featuring indigenous yeasts, and without the typical color additives and tannins found in more conventional wines.
- MASO; a Rosé made with 100% Lambrusco Salamino that is named after son, Tommaso. It is a lovely pink color and features aromas of amaretto, violet, almond, with subtle acidity, sour cherry, and hibiscus on the palate.
Bugno Martino – Wine Tours
Guided tours of Bugno Martino’s vineyard and cellar are possible alongside Giuseppe and Raffaella.
It typically depends on the period visitors come. If it is spring or summer, we can visit the vineyard where you can see the grapes on the vine and learn of our techniques and methodologies. Afterwards we can have a wine tasting with regional foods. For example, we produce our own Parma Reggiano [cheese], Salame Mantovano, and mostarda. “
- Mostarda di frutta – (or commonly just mostarda) is a delectable northern Italian condiment of fruits in a mustard-based reduction that is subtly sweet, spicy, and savory all at once.
If you are interested in organic wines that are produced in limited quantities with a love of the land, then be sure to not to miss out on Bugno Martino’s selection.
Azienda Agricola Bugno Martino
strada Zottole 93 – 97 – San Benedetto Po (MN), Italy
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