The wine of champions
Calabria has a gorgeous climate, small picturesque towns, and a beautiful coastline. Although the region’s wines are not as well-known as others, they enjoyed fame and prestige since the time of the ancient Greeks.
The southern region has incredible food: the fruit is bountiful, the cheese flavorful and rich, the sardines, the sausages, it’s all delicious. It comes as no surprise the wine is so pleasant. Where there’s good food, there’s terrific wine.
Calabria is a large Peninsula surrounded on three sides by water. An extensive mountain range runs through the region’s spine. The coastline is crowned with impressive towns built over steep cliffs, and it’s also in the seashores where you’ll discover the finest wine.
The region covers 15,080km2 (5,822sqmi) and is home to over two million people. Winters can be snowy, averaging 8 °C (46 °F) but the summers are quite warm with temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F), particularly in the east coast where wine grapes ripen to their fullest potential.
Calabria’s wines have a fascinating history, a local wine made with Gaglioppo grapes, now labelled Cirò, was gifted to the first Olympic victors; it was that good! (And it still is).
The grapes and wines
Although there are nine DOC protected wines, a handful of IGTs, and around ten popular grape varieties, the best wine in Calabria is labelled as Cirò.
Cirò Bianco is based on the Greco Bianco grape brought by the first Greek settlers. Try the Scala Cirò Bianco DOC for a dry, refreshing white with floral aromas and a crisp aftertaste. Scala Cirò Rosato DOC is thirst-quenching and summer-scented too.
Red Cirò is made with the famous Gaglioppo variety, and you’ll find it in distinct qualities, including Rosso, Superiore, and Riserva. The Classico version, made only around the town called Cirò, is one of the most beautiful renditions of the acclaimed red grape.
Enjoy the retro-looking Scala Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore DOC “Etichetta Storica” that shows black fruits, and a concentrated palate. The Scala Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva DOC “Durì” is also superb, and the most authentic example of Gaglioppo – elegance, balance, and finesse with a deep fruit core.