Mountains flanked by two seas

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Calabria: rich biodiversity and hidden wine gems

Calabria lies in Southern Italy, and forms the tip of the Italian “boot”. Stretching between the Strait of Messina, which separates the region from Sicily, and the gulf of Taranto on the Ionian coast, the region is characterized by large mountainous ranges that degrade towards the sea, shaping a peculiar landscape with rocky peaks frequently lying a stone’s throw away from deep blue waters.

Often described as a country on its own because of mountain ranges setting it aside from the rest of Italy – and having caused isolation for centuries – Calabria boasts an extremely distinctive culture. The ancient core of Enotria, the “land of wine” colonized by the Ancient Greeks, the regional viticultural scene is still endowed with ancestral charm.

Calabria in a Nutshell
  • Area: 15.222 km2 (10th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 41,8%
  • Hill: 49,2%
  • Plain: 9%
  • Highest peak: Serra Dolcedorme (2.267 mt)
  • Population: 1.846.610 (3,1%)
  • Provinces: Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone, Reggio di Calabria, Vibo Valentia.
Capo Rizzuto, Calabria, Italia Cristian Manieri
Interesting facts about Calabria
  • 48% of the regional surface is mountainous.
  • Ancient Greek influence is on full display in Calabria: for instance, Cirò derives Krimisa, the name of an Ancient Greek wine. Gaglioppo, instead, comes from “beautiful foot”, and hints at the shape of the bunches when approaching maturity.


Wine areas

Discover Wine Ares in Calabria: Cirò, Locride, Lamezia Terme, Terre di Cosenza, Greco di Bianco, Moscato di Saracena, Savuto


Discover grapes varieties of Calabria: Gaglioppo, Magliocco, Greco Bianco, Mantonico Bianco, Pecorello, Moscatello di Saracena, Aglianico, Calabrese


Discover Calabria: Tropea, Costa degli Dei, Arcomagno, Cattolica di Stilo, Sila mountains, Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Le Castellao.


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