Calabria Rosato Alicante
Wine name:Calabria Rosato Alicante
Appellation:CALABRIA ROSATO IGP
Zone:Cirò Marina (province of Crotone)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1.5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Alicante 2009
Altitude:5 meters above sea level
Colour:Light pink, onion peel
Nose:Typical aromatics of the grape variety: red berries, cassis
Flavour:Pleasant, sapid and not very tannic
Serving temperature (°C):10-12
Match with:Ideal with fish dishes or as an aperitif
Average no. bottles/year:5,500
Grape yield per hectare tons:8
Vineyard density: 5,500 vines/hectare. Grape production per vine: approx. 1.5 kgs. Vine training system: cordon spur. 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 grapes are picked during the first week of September by hand and placed in boxes. Maceration with the skins for a few hours. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine then matures for six months in steel on the lees, bâtonnage.
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.