Calabria's best known wine region is Cirò, extending from the Ionian coast to
the eastern foothills of La Sila with the classico zone centred around Cirò and
Cirò Marina in the province of Crotone. Here, Gaglioppo is king. One of Italy's
oldest varieties, recent DNA studies have found that Gaglioppo is a natural
crossing of Sangiovese and Mantonico.
The Scala family's Ciro' Rosso is from 'vigneto Franza', land that has been in the Scala family since the 17th century. Planted in 1965 on clay and sandy soils, the climate is hot and dry but the Ionian Sea has a moderating influence, bringing cooler temperatures at night. Aged in concrete tanks for three years, this is brimming with strawberry and cherry fruit with hints of rose, spice and orange.
|Winemaker||Luigi & Francesco Scala|