The DOC lands

The DOC lands
The DOC lands

Territory

The Grounds of the DOC wines, Cirò and Melissa, in the province of Crotone, have always been written and handed down by tradition, grounds of Vineyards, Vines and Wines since the first testimonies. The ancient and deep bond between these grounds and Viticulture is shown by continuous archaeological excavations that bring to the light fossilized finds of prehistoric grapevine leaves and of ancient Millstones. Thanks to Heracles Tables, we learn that for the Greek a cultivated land with vineyard was worth six times a field of grains. The soils of Cirò and Melissa are a wine-growing area that has its roots in ancient times, when Crotone anciently called Kroton was a leading city of Magna Grecia. The first Greek farmers who arrived in these lands were enchanted for the climate and the beauty of the places. The Ionian coasts of Calabria appeared so propitious and pleasant to the eyes of the ancient “travelers” that it induced them to reside in these lands and to call them “Magna Grecia” (Great Greece).
The uniqueness of the Cirò and Melissa wines is tightly linked to the territory and to its autochthonous vines. And it is exactly all the ground, climate, vine, country knowledge, agronomic and oenological techniques submitted to a long and slow evolutionary process, that differentiates a wine, making it unrepeatable. The wine-growers operate in the full respect of tradition and environment. The vineyards, located on sweet hills behind the Ionian sea, exposed to the sirocco and north wind, benefit from a dry and ventilated climate. The Cirò soils, sandy and deep allow to get a wine of great structure and elegance. Continuing towards south, in the Melissa territory, the soils become fresh and clayey and give life to more delicate and aromatic wines. The position between the sea and the Sila mountains creates thermal excursions between day and night. This allows the clusters to ripen slowly, achieving this way the full development of the aromas and taste.