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.
Situated on the Eastern side of Calabria’s toes shaped peninsula, the small appellation of Bivongi is home to red and white wines from local varieties, primarily Gaglioppo and Ansonica.
Calabria IGP is the regional classification for wines made throughout Italy’s Calabria region.
Cirò is the leading DOC in Calabria and home to some of the region’s most exciting wine-making.
Greco di Bianco is a little known sweet wine appellation for Passito from the Greco Bianco variety.
Red, white and rose wines are produced around the town of Lamezia. The locally admired Gaglioppo is often blended with Greco Nero. Whites are made with Greco Bianco.
Melissa DOC is large but sparsely planted appellation in Calabria. It produces fruity red wines from Gaglioppo and aromatic whites from Greco Bianco.
An almost pointless appellation with virtually no production.
Savuto DOC is a small appellation in Calabria. Whites are based on the local Mantonico grape, while rose and reds are predominantly crafted with Aglianico.
Scavigna DOC is located between the Savuto and Lamezia DOCs this small appellation produces red and white wines. The appellation stands out amongst Calabria’s other DOCs for its promotion of Aglianico which may represent up to 60% of red and rosato blends.