100% Greco, from vineyards located in Cirò (Crotone district), 100 to 150 meters above sea level. The vines were planted in 1997 and face south/south-east. They are trained in espalier. The grapes were manually harvested around the 20th of August (20 to 30 days earlier than usual, as 2017 was a very hot vintage). They were destemmed, softly pressed, and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks – 16° to 18° C (61 to 64F) in order to preserve the aromas. After the fermentation, the wine was racked and left in tanks for 4 months. Nose of white flowers. 12% alcohol.
About the Producer
In the Scala family since 1949, the domaine is now run by Luigi Scala, who leads the production of Cirò wines following family traditions. From the growing of the grapes to the refinement and aging of the wines, he favors quality over quantity and aims to produce distinguished Calabrian wines. The winery is truly a family business as his son Francisco oversees the business side of the winery.
The vineyard is comprised of 18 hectares for an overall production of 100,000 bottles. Most of the grapes are native varieties such as Gaglioppo, Magliocco, Nerello, Mantonico and Greco. They are cultivated in espalier on the hinterland plains and hills, on argillaceous and sandy soil.
Farming/vinification practices: Scala exclusively uses organic products, such as lupins to fertilize the vineyards; it provides the soil with nitrogen and helps eliminate weeds. Luigi's grandfather used indigenous yeasts, but the current winemaker chooses to inoculate. They are now certified organic, starting with the 2016 vintage.