Fattoria San Francesco
Fattoria San Francesco Ciro Rosso Gaglioppo 2017
"Enotria" (the land of wine). That's what the ancient Greeks had to say about the wild deep Southern Italian region Calabria. This region is the toe of the Italian peninsula and home to the indigenous variety Gaglioppo originally planted by early Greek colonizers. A magic and untouched landscape more akin to the wilderness of inland Greece and Northern Africa, stupendously Mediterranean. Cirò is the most important and historical wine denomination of this region. Legend and now archeology has it that the wine of Cirò was offered to ancient Olympic champions in Greece 3000 years ago.
The winery Fattoria San Francesco is nested in a XVI century monastery surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. From those vineyards, the wines from the Fattoria San Francesco are still produced, and the monastery is the center of the agricultural activity. In Italy 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. The Iuzzolini family has recently taken over the winery and renovated as well as improved production on all levels.
Gallioppo is considered the most important red wine grape in Calabria and this lovely rendition undergoes 12 days maceration, fermentation with selected yeasts and aging in used French oak barriques. Silky ripe dark red fruits with exotic florality and spice.