Discover Lively Lambrusco Wines at Bugno Martino in Mantua for Summer 2020

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 prides itself in producing Lambrusco with care
Bugno Martino prides itself in producing Lambrusco with care

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. 

Bugno Martino steel tanks
Bugno Martino’s steel tanks

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.

Bugno Martino wines
there is an a Bugno Martino wine for every occasion

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.
Bugno Martino's small production Lambrusco Mantovano DOC vineyard
Bugno Martino’s small production Lambrusco Mantovano DOC vineyard in bloom

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.


Contact Details

Azienda Agricola Bugno Martino
strada Zottole 93 – 97 – San Benedetto Po (MN), Italy


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All About Alba – 3x Alba DOC Wine Producers to Visit in Spring 2020

Vineyards of Alba, Piemonte

The municipalities in the Italian province of Cuneo – part of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region – produce a variety of delicious Alba DOC red wines.

Vineyards of Alba, Piemonte
Vineyards where Alba DOC is produced

Regional History – Alba DOC wines

While the region may be most know as being home to the Ferrero Chocolate company, it is also a highly regarded center of wine with 300 wineries producing Alba wines.

The region hosts a rich history in the heart of Piemonte. The Celtic and Ligurian clans settled within the region in pre-Roman times, and their history consists of a never ending war as the Burgundians, Lombards and Franks began to rival over the region.

Consorzio di tutela Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe e Dogliani
the governing body of Alba DOC – Consorzio di tutela Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe e Dogliani

The Savoy family eventually oversaw the region until Italy was unified as one. The region is rich in vineyards and food, and is the perfect destination for wine enthusiasts.

Chiesa della Cattedrale in Alba
Can’t miss cathedral in Alba – Chiesa della Cattedrale

There are a number of small family run vineyards to visit, as well as larger international vineyards.  When you do find yourself with a bottle of Alba DOC before yourself, take note of the delightful floral petals, cherry, pomegranate, and delightful spice fragrances similar to another Piemonte red wine, Albugnano DOC.

This is paired with a lovely taste balsamic tones. The best tastes to pair the wine with are lovely roasted chicken, pastries, and even chocolate. Alba was established as a DOC wine in 2010.

Panoramic view of Alba, Province of Cuneo, Italy
Panoramic view of Alba, in the Province of Cuneo, Italy

Alba DOC wines producers

I highly recommend visiting a few trusted Alba DOC producers on your next trip to the province of Cuneo (Piemonte, Italy):

Azienda Agricola Abrigo Fratelli

Azienda Agricola Abrigo Fratelli is located in the heart of Langhe in Diano d’Alba, and has been family run since 1935. The Abrigo family oversees 27 hectares of vineyards. They owe their success to a careful combination of tradition and technology of today. The grapes are grown and harvested with great care, and the vineyard produces the coveted wine. They produce around 35 000 bottles annually.

Azienda Agricola Abrigo Fratelli
Via Moglia Gerlotto 2, 12055 Diano d’Alba (CN)


Azienda Agricola Abrigo Giovanni

The slighter younger family run Azienda Agricola Abrigo Giovanni is a breath taking vineyard named after it’s founder. Giovanni Abrigo founded the land in 1968 initially as a farm raising cattle and cultivating crops and the vineyard. By the 1980’s Giovanni’s son and daughter in law began to help run the business and helped cultivate the world renowned image it has today. They host a tasting room and cellar for visitors to visit. Giovanni’s grandchildren Giulio and Sergio have since joined the ream in 2013 and 2015. Wine flows through the veins of the Abrigo family and it is a must to experience.

Azienda Agricola Abrigo Giovanni
Via Santa Croce, 9, 12055 Diano d’Alba (CN) Italy


Poderi Sinagli

A must stay is Poderi Sinagli, a cozy vineyard where you can spend a few nights relaxing, sipping wine and if you’re feeling adventurous you could go horseback riding throughout the vineyard. The estate hosts multiple hiking paths as well and is a wonderful place to unwind. Their cellars produce multiple Alba DOC and DOCG wines such ad Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba.

Poderi Sinagli
Via Sinaglio n.5 – Frazione Ricca di Diano d’Alba – 12055 Diano d’Alba


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