"Enotria" (the land of wine). That's what the ancient Greeks had to say about the wild deep Southern Italian region Calabria. This region provides the toe to the Italian peninsula, and is home of the indigenous variety Gaglioppo that was brought by the earliest Greek colonizers. A magic and untouched landscape more akin to the wilderness of inland Greece and Northern Africa, stupendously Mediterranean. CIRO' is the most important and historical wine denomination f this region. Legend and now archeology has it that the wine of Ciro' was offered to ancient Olympic champions in Greece 3000 years ago.
The winery Fattoria San Francesco is nested in a XVI century monastery where vineyards and olive groves were planted. In Ialy the winery boasts "cult status" amongst Somms and wine industry peers, having long been considered one of the most traditional and classic producers of Calabrian wine. From those vineyards, the wines from the Fattoria San Francesco are still produced, and the monastery is the center of the agricultural activity. Gallioppo is the most important red wine grape in Calabria and Greco the white. The Iuzzolini family has recently taken over the winery and renovated as well as improved production on all levels.
FATTORIA SAN FRANCESCO's CIRO' ROSSO CLASSICO (from the classical / historical epicenter of the appellation) is the entry level red wine and showcases a classic, traditional terroir driven red wine of hot & sunny Calabria. Growing on pure white clay (famous ARGILLA BIANCA soil of Ciro'), identified by the ancient Greeks as ideal for the native Gaglioppo varietal, this wine is made form 100% Gaglioppo coming from the entire array of San Francesco vineyards, some facing right up to the open Mediterranean sea. The wine undergoes a short maceration during fermentation and a brief aging in used / neutral French oak barriques. It explodes with the traditional notes of dark ripe fruit (myrtle, blackberry), spices (licorice, cumin) and oriental aromas like Hibiscus, sandalwood, myrrh. On the palate it is voluptuous, rich and dense but with balancing acid from the Gaglioppo grapes. A hallmark and a benchmark tradition & terroir driven Calabrian wine, showcasing all the Mediterranean elements we want and expect.