Calabria

Highlights of the region would be the lovely abundant sandy and round pebble beaches of the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas, the vast national parks and the small towns and villages. Praia a mare which has gorgeous beaches and an open air church built in an ancient cave (formed millions of years ago by ocean erosion) the Madonna della Grotta is a must see.

Tropea which remains somewhat unknown to the outside world but for Italians of southern Italy this is the place to go for summer holiday, with is crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, architecture, art, ruins, music, food and wine this is an exceptional experience that absolutely must be had.

Our insiders Tip-  Visit Tropea and head over to the Piazza Ercole (it's full of shops, café's as well as restaurants, gelateria's and lots of  people... a very fun place).

Another treasure of southern Italy is the Parca Nazionale de Sila, which features ancient pines, mushrooms, truffles, perhaps the densest Forrest in all of Italy. There is also a broad array of wildlife which includes but is not limited to eagles, wolfs, cinghiale (wild boar), as well as countless lakes and streams. Activities for the area include fishing, foraging, and horseback riding, cross country skiing and hiking. 





Provinces of Calabria:
Catanzaro (CZ), Cosenza (CS), Crotone (KR), Reggio di Calabria (RC), & Vibo Valentia (VV).


(Calabria has a Population of just over 2 million people; with Catanzaro being the regional capital, and Reggio di Calabria being the most populated province within Calabria with a population above 500,000.)



Wine facts: 
Wine DOC zones: Bivongi, Ciro', Donnici, Greco di Bianco, Lamezia, Melissa, Pollino, Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto, San Vito di Luzzi, Savuto, Scavigna, Verbicaro. 
Wine IGT Zones: Valdamato, Condoleo, Esaro, Valle del Crati, Lipuda, Val di Neto, Arghilla, Costa Viola, Locride, Palizzi, Pellaro, & Scilla.




Red Varietals (Varietale Rosso): Gaglioppo, Aglianico, Magliocco, Nerello Cappuccio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Nerello Mascalese. 
White Varietals (Varietale Bianco): Whites include Greco, Montonico, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Bianca, & Chardonnay (Chardonnay is widely planted throughout southern Italy and can produce some of the most compelling white wines in the world). Upwards of 75% of the wine produced and sold in Calabria is red, thus it makes sense that the key grapes are indeed mostly rosso. With the climate and terroir being very natural and ideal it is important to note there are some very interesting and compelling white wines from Calabria as well.

Famous foods of the region:
Pepperoncini (hot peppers) of all shapes, varieties, preparations and sizes, melanzane (eggplant,  stuffed, grilled or marinated)peaches, grapes, olives, olive oil, lemons, figs, Cipolla di Tropea, (Tropea onions), tunno (tuna), spada (swordfish), bottarga (dried tuna roe), bergamot, beans, pasta, and the general nose to tail use of everything is no better demonstrated than its full utilization of a pig, starting with sausage, soppressata, guanciale (cheek), nduja, and a number of different hams, just to name a few uses; to be sure the entire animal is used literally from nose to tail. The region is also noted for its young soft cheese such as sheep's milk ricotta, and moderately aged red pepper table cheese also made with sheep’s milk. Desert items would include chestnuts, licorice, biscotti, and gelato.

Other typical foods of the region include Pepperoncini (hot peppers) of all shapes, varieties, preparations and sizes, melanzane (eggplant, stuffed, grilled or marinated)peaches, grapes, olives, olive oil, lemons, figs, Cipolla di Tropea, (Tropea onions), tunno (tuna), spada (swordfish), bottarga (dried tuna roe), bergamot, beans, as well as an endless variation of pastas,

Another highlight of the region is the general "nose to tail" use of everything is no better demonstrated than its full utilization of a pig; there are countless different cured meats including but not limited to sausage, soppressata, guanciale (cheek), nduja, and a number of different hams,. Really there is an endless array of creative and delicious concoctions, the overall goal is to be sure the entire animal is used literally from nose to tail.

The region is also noted for its young soft cheese such as sheep's milk ricotta, and moderately aged red pepper table cheese also made with sheep's milk.

Desert items would include chestnuts, licorice, biscotti, and gelato.


Provinces of Calabria:
Catanzaro (CZ), Cosenza (CS), Crotone (KR), Reggio di Calabria (RC), & Vibo Valentia (VV)

Calabria has a Population of just over 2 million people; with Catanzaro being the regional capital, and Reggio di Calabria being the most populated province within Calabria with a population above 500,000.

Wine DOC zones: Bivongi, Ciro', Donnici, Greco di Bianco, Lamezia, Melissa, Pollino, Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto, San Vito di Luzzi, Savuto, Scavigna, Verbicaro. 
Wine IGT Zones: Valdamato, Condoleo, Esaro, Valle del Crati, Lipuda, Val di Neto, Arghilla, Costa Viola, Locride, Palizzi, Pellaro, & Scilla

Upwards of 75% of the wine produced and sold in Calabria is red, thus it makes sense that the key grapes are indeed mostly rosso. With the climate and terroir being very natural and ideal it is important to note there are some very interesting and compelling white wines from Calabria as well


Gaglioppo, Aglianico, Magliocco, Nerello Cappuccio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Nerello Mascalese. 
White Varietals (Varietale Bianco): Whites include Greco, Montonico, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Bianca, & Chardonnay (Chardonnay is widely planted throughout southern Italy and can produce some of the most compelling white wines in the world)


Ciro', Cantina Statti Gaglioppo, Ciro' Librandi, Ciro' Librandi Duca Sanfelice Riserva, Terre di Balbia Balbium, Lamezia Bianco with Greco Bianco, Malvasia Bianco, and Trebbiano Toscano, Cantine Lento Lamezia Greco to name a few.


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