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Today I'm featuring Azienda Agricola Scala that has been around since 1949 and is operated by its 3rd generation family. The winery is located in Ciro Marina along the Ionian Sea. Their focus is on producing native grapes such as gaglioppo, nerello, magliocco, greco and mantonico. A couple of these grapes, magliocco and mantonico, are grapes that have been revived in recent times. The goal is to refocus the quality of wines produced in Calabria and reestablish the indigenous grapes of the region.
|Left to right: Luigi Scala and Francesco Scala|
Calabria's geography is mostly mountainous with some plains along the Ionian Sea. It was a region heavily populated by Greeks that contributed greatly to the culture and winemaking within the region. There is plenty of sunshine and warm weather, but the breezes coming off the sea help contribute to making prime grapes.
Calabria is mostly known for producing red wines and majority are made from the gaglioppo grape. Unfortunately a lot of the grapes of the region are shipped north and is probably part of the reason that this region hasn't gotten the attention it deserves with its native grapes as it should.
There are 12 DOC's of the region with the leader being Ciro DOC. Its been said that the wines of Ciro were served to winners of the Olympic games in ancient times.
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ABV 13.5% SRP $14-16
Join us this Saturday November 3rd on Twitter at 11am EST at #ItalianFWT as we chat about the wines of Calabria. Join the rest of my fellow bloggers as they share some great Calabrian wines and foods to be enjoyed.
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