Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy.
In Calabria over 90% of the region’s wine production is red wine, with a large portion made from the Gaglioppo grape. Calabria is a rural region, its economy dependent on cereals, citrus and particularly olives.
. Calabria is a rural region, its economy dependent on cereals, citrus and particularly olives. Viticulture and winemaking are far from the vital industries they once were, and account for a tiny proportion of land use. Calabria has 12 Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) regions and 12 Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) designations, but only 4% of the yearly production is classified as DOC wine. The region is one of Italy's most rural and least industrialized with per capita income less than half of the national average.
Mantonico is a naturally tannic white grape variety that is very versatile, making either dry wines or sweet wines. This varietal is both highly acidity and tannic, and not viewed as aromatic.
The Greco grape is very recognizable due to its extremely opulent appearance and bright yellow berries. The wine’s typical aromas and flavors include yellow flowers, honey, peach, pear and ripe tropical fruit; enjoyable when young.
Gaglioppo’s name is derived from a Greek word meaning “beautiful foot,” because the bunches are pink, plump and very appealing. Gaglioppo is an ancient red grape varietal that produces wines that are full bodied, high in alcohol and tannins, and quite ageworthy.
The winters are mild, with average temperatures around 10°C, rarely dropping below 5°C. The climate near the coast is very hot and dry throughout most of the year. The majority of the region's wine production takes place in the central areas of the eastern and western coastlines. Calabrian cuisine comes from a very poor tradition with also a strong religious side, where dishes were very rich in flavor and spiciness that need it a full red to digest it.