Cirò is one of those wonderfully regionally-specific wines made with a grape called Gaglioppo that you will hardly ever find outside of Calabria. A little like Nebbiolo in the sense that it pours a pale ruby in the glass, yet impresses with an unexpected level of tannin and heft. Nicely balanced for such a warm-climate red, there is something floral to the aromas, but all wrapped up in sweet leather spices.
Cataldo Calabretta represents the fourth generation of a family of winemakers and is the leader of a group of young winemakers working organically and with low intervention. After studying Oenology and Viticulture at the Faculty of Agriculture of Milan, he worked for a few years in a number of Italian wineries, before deciding to refurbish the old family cellars with his sisters. For the past ten years, the estate has been run according to the principles of organic farming, an ethical choice, which year after year is paying off: they have renewed the vineyards, continuing to cultivate their vines on hilly land located in the heart of the DOC They only use indigenous yeasts and don’t add anything to the wines other than a minimal amount of sulphites.