Just like in Sicily and Puglia, winegrowers in Calabria are becoming more and more active. They have good cards, because viticulture, which has been significantly shaped and expanded over the centuries by the countless conquerors, has more to offer than just legendary sweet wines.
Around the city of Cosenza, innovative and passionate winemakers have come together in recent years and in 2011 confidently formed a consortium with the aim of nurturing the ancient grape varieties of the region. A good thing! The Consorzio Citra is busy and invests a lot of time, energy and money in the image and also quality care of its wines. Thus, a DOC called Terre di Cosenza was initiated, which shows wines that are worthy of note. The new winemakers are becoming role models for the renewal of the Calabria wine region, investments are being made in modern facilities and new cellars.
But the real treasure remains the terroir and its ancient growths, the land that has been inhabited and cultivated since time immemorial. The Valle di Crati is impressive and lovely, the climate pleasant and made for good wines. The vineyards are located at 600 meters above sea level on sunny slopes with breathtaking views all the way to the sea and the Sila, freshening winds and cooling nights together with sandy yet fertile soils provide perfect conditions. Mixed with a portion of courage and a pinch of will to create, this is an exciting recipe for a promising future. You don't believe us?
Put it to the test and try a Magliocco, an old autochthonous variety from the Valle di Crati. The Terraccia from Serracavallo, for example, shows a round fruit flavor of red berries, an impeccable structure in the background and is still quaffable and soft. It will leave you wanting more. And how was it now with the sweet wine?
Greco di Bianco - does not ring a bell? In this case, Bianco does not stand for the color, but for the village around which the vines grow. Since 1980, the small DOC appellation has stood for the dessert wine of the same name, 95 percent of which is made from the white grape variety Greco Bianco die Gerace (Malvasia di Sardegna) and in passito style. A golden to amber meditation wine, at its best it smells of orange blossoms, citrus notes, dried fruits and nuts. A rare but delightful pleasure.