Scala Ciro Rosso 2019 CalabriaScala Ciro Rosso 2019 Calabria
Scala Ciro Rosso 2019
Wild red fuits with perfumed aromas, hints of citrus and spice typical of the native Gaglioppo variety.
Calabria is located at the ‘toe’ of the Italian peninsula and is characterized by its Mediterranean
climate. To the north is the Apennine Mountains forming the border with Basilicata and the Ionian
Sea forms the eastern and southern borders. To the west is the Straight of Messina which
separates, only just, Calabria from Sicily.
The town of Cirò was one of the original Greek settlements on the southern Italian peninsula and
the site of the earliest Olympic games, where an ancient version of Cirò wine was given to the
winners as a prize. Cirò is Calabria’s best known wine region, 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 name Gaglioppo
is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘beautiful foot’, owing to its cherubic and plump ripe
Gaglioppo is a low colour variety and the wines often have an orange tinge, a factor that has, in
the past, seen the wines blended with darker varieties such as Cabernet and Merlot. However, with
renewed interest in Italy’s native grapes, Gaglioppo is taking centre stage and might just be the
next Nerello. Ian D’Agata writes in Native Wine Grapes of Italy that “the best examples of Ciro or
any monovarietal Gaglioppo wine, exude aromas of small red berries and citrus zest, with mineral
and delicate underbrush notes that are not unlike a lighter, more saline Nebbiolo wine”.