Introduction

By Paul Caputo

Calabria is potentially an interesting place for quality wine production. Due to a lack of investment however most wineries are either large industrial producers or very small family operations.

The region covers the whole of Italy’s iconic toe. The go-to wine is undoubtedly Cirò, produced with the region’s key red grape variety Gaglioppo.

A number of sweet wines are also worth hunting down. Moscato di Saracena is capable of making luxurious passito wines with succulent apricot and marmalade flavours. These wines always tend to carry a touch of spice and prominent alcohol compared with similar wines from further north.

Appellations of Calabria

Calabria IGP

Calabria IGP is the regional classification for wines made throughout Italy’s Calabria region.

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Cirò DOC

Cirò is the leading DOC in Calabria and home to some of the region’s most exciting wine-making.

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Greco di Bianco DOC

Greco di Bianco is a little known sweet wine appellation for Passito from the Greco Bianco variety.

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