Calabria Wine Areas

Wine areas


wine areas

Calabria Wine Region

Dozens of native varieties thrive amidst the valleys of the region, and while most of them are still little-known and not fully exploited, the number of quality wines they give has grown slowly but steadily over the last two decades. The most relevant Calabrian wine district, Cirò, has made the best progress: once the source of cheap and mediocre wine, it now offers a mixed bag of characterful whites, reds, and rosè.

What are the key wine-growing areas of Calabria?

  • Cirò: Lying in the province of Crotone, this is the most famous wine-growing area in Calabria. Gaglioppo is the key grape of Ciró Rosso. Greco Bianco, instead, gives Ciró Bianco.
  • Locride: This area in the province of Reggio Calabria mainly produces red wines from the Greco Nero, Nerello Mascalese, and Gaglioppo grape varieties.
  • Lamezia Terme: In the province of Catanzaro, this area is known for the production of Lamezia DOC wines, which include reds, whites, and rosés, produced from varieties like Greco Bianco, Malvasia, and Trebbiano for whites, and Gaglioppo and Nerello Cappuccio for reds.
  • Terre di Cosenza: In the province of Cosenza, this DOP produces white wines from the Greco and Mantonico Bianco grapes, and red wines from Magliocco (minimum 60%) and other varieties.
  • Greco di Bianco: A Passito wine made in the namesake town on the Ionian coast of Calabria. The native Greco bianco di Bianco is the key white grape.
  • Moscato di Saracena: a rare sweet wine from the town of Saracena in the province of Cosenza. It consists of a blend of native grapes like Moscatello di Saracena, Guarnaccia, Odoraca, and Malvasia Bianca.
  • Savuto: vineyards along the Savuto river in the province of Cosenza produce red and rosé wines from grape varieties such as Aglianico, Greco Nero, and Nerello Cappuccio
calabria Wines in a Nutshell
  • Hectares under vine: 6,547
  • Total production: 270,000 hectoliters (2022)
  • Percentage of DOC wines: 11%


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