Franco and Mario Accorsi
Brothers Franco and Mario Accorsi are farmers at heart, more specifically they primarily cultivate orchards filled with local varieties of pears and apples. The farm was run by their grandfather Ezio who raised cows and produced cheese sold in the local markets around south eastern Lombardy. Today, Franco and Mario have integrated orchard fruit production with several small parcels of old vineyards and focus on producing wines from near-lost indigenous varieties of lambrusco. All the vineyard work is done organically (they are in the process of becoming certified). Yields are limited, while natural fermentations and low sulfur additions are key to their production.
The Oltrepò Mantovano is, as the name suggests, on the banks of the Pò River Valley to the south of the village of Mantova. The soils are clay and limestone mixed with alluvial deposits left by the river. This unique and tiny DOC is the only appellation outside of Emilia-Romagna that produces true lambrusco.