Calabria Bianco Ansonica
Wine name:Calabria Bianco Ansonica
Appellation:CALABRIA BIANCO IGP
Zone:Cirò Marina (province of Crotone)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1
Vineyard age (year of planting):Ansonica 1984
Altitude:150 meters above sea level
Colour:intense straw yellow
Nose:Fruit and citronella
Flavour:dry with a good acidity, incredible sapidity which is typical of the wines made from vineyards standing on the coast
Match with:excellent as an aperitif, delicate fish dishes, shellfish
Average no. bottles/year:5,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:9
Vine training system: guyot. Vineyard density: approx. 5,500 vines/hectare. Leguminous plants are sown on the aisles between the rows of vines, they are then cut and worked into the soil as green manure.
Vinification and ageing
The harvest takes place during the fourth week of August. The clusters are destemmed and crushed. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine matures in steel for 6 months with bâtonnage on the lees.
Address:Via Mandorleto, 47 88811 Cirò Marina Crotone
Year of establishment:2008
Total annual production:15000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):14
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1.5ha Alicante 1ha Ansonica 11ha Gaglioppo 0.5ha Malvasia
Vine training system:
Type of viticulture:certified organic
Harvest period:end of August/September/October
The members of the Calabretta family have been viticulturists for four generations and have produced wine since the 1970s. The father of the present owner, Cataldo Calabretta, had a vine nursery. Cataldo studied oenology and viticulture in Milan and worked for various estates in Italy from 2000 to 2008. In 2008 he established this estate with his sisters Maria and Michela. Between 2008 and 2012 the old cellar was restructured together with the existing glazed concrete vats (these are frequently found in the cellars of southern Italy). In 2012 the Cirò Rosso Classico wine was bottled for the first time. The philosophy of Cataldo is focussed on the production of Cirò Rosso, an ancient wine the origin of which goes back to the Greeks and the Bizantines. This Cirò is made exclusively with Gaglioppo grapes, the vineyards stand on hills (the average altitude is approximately 50 meters above sea level) and the vines are freestanding. Cataldo says that his Cirò is the expression of the century old experience of the “Cirotani” viticulturists and that is why the “arciglione” an instrument used to prune freestanding vines in this area is designed on the label.
The estate is certified organic.