CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
CLETO CHIARLI
MODENA, EMILIA-ROMAGNA, ITALY

In 1850, Cleto Chiarli moved with his wife Lucia and their four children to the countryside town of Modena. Here, he opened the restaurant "Osteria dell'Artigliore", where he served his homemade Lambrusco that eventually led to the Lambrusco revolution. He closed the restaurant in 1860 to dedicate himself full time to the production of Lambrusco and established the first wine-producing company in Emilia-Romagna. 

Chiarli has faithfully handed down from generation to generation the rigorous principles of seriousness, honesty and the greatest respect for quality, thus ensuring the appreciation and affection of an ever increasing clientele. Over 145 years have passed since its foundation and the Chiarli name is, more than ever, a benchmark for traditional quality Lambrusco. The estate has been managed for Mauro & Anselmo Chiarli, Cleto's grandsons, since 1970. 

In 2001, Mauro and Anselmo decided to build a new winery under the founder’s name, Cleto Chiarli. There, the best of what the Company has to offer is produced from carefully selected and homegrown grapes, with state-of-the-art equipment in an idyllic setting and, above all, with a unique know-how that only over 150 years of tradition can provide.

COUNTRY Italy
REGION Emilia Romagna
APPELLATION(S) Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC
PROPRIETORS Mauro & Anselmo Chiarli
FOUNDED 1860
WINEMAKER Franco de Biasio, Michele Faccin & Filippo Mattioli
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 85,000 cs
FARMING
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Sustainable

The Chiarli estate is comprised of over 100 ha (124 acres) of vineyards scattered throughout the Modena province:

Vineyards:

Tenuta Cialdini - Named after General Enrico Cialdini, a famous Italian patriot of the Risorgimento. The Chiarli family have owned this property for over 130 years. The vineyard lies at the foot of the hills, in the Castelvetro municipality in the Lambrusco di Grasparossa wine region. It includes 50 ha (124 acres) of vineyards situated on ancient alluvium around the Guerro stream at the foot of the Appennines. The soil, mainly composed of silt on a gravel substratum, contributes to the production of excellent Grasparossa grapes with their specific characteristics – intense red color and a fruity bouquet. This famous vineyard provides grapes for the Grasparossa ‘Generale Enrico Cialdini’, a true Lambrusco ‘cru’ with unique and unmistakable qualities. 

Tenuta Belvedere - It lies in one of the best areas for Grasparossa vines in the Spilamberto municipality, an important agricultural center in the Modena province, where one can also find the renowned ‘Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena’ (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena). The estate comprises of over 20 ha (50 acres) of vineyards which grow on a flat fertile countryside. The nature of the soil, the high density of plants and the care used in the trimming and management of the vines are all key to the production of a very colorful Grasparossa. Grapes are used in the production of ‘Pruno Nero’ Grasparossa, both Frizzante and Spumante. 

Tenuta Sozzigalli - This large estate lies north of Modena, near the left bank of the river Secchia. It provides the perfect cradle for Sorbara, a noble and very ancient type of Lambrusco vine which thrives in this deep soil, mainly composed of clayey silt. The vineyards cover over 30 ha (74 acres) and are the result of a long, careful selection of the best clones. Grapes are hand-picked, and their purity guarantees for the success of the award-winning ‘Premium Vecchia Modena’ and ‘Lambrusco del Fondatore’, true gems among Emilia’s wines.

The Cleto family built a new winery at their historic estate property 'Azienda Agricola Castelvetro' that opened in 2003 equipped with a state-of-the-art production line and the latest technology.

"Lambrusco Wants You Back"
The New York Times
- Eric Asimov, 2012-07-30