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Cirò

DOC area for white, red and rosé wines in the Italian region of Calabria. The zone includes the namesake municipalities of Cirò and Cirò Marina (the Classico area), and Crucoli and Melissa in the province of Crotone. The Classico area has a very long history and was identified as the Greek Krimisa (Cremissa), later called Zrò and finally Cirò. According to a legend that can no longer be verified, a red wine from here was served to Olympic champions in ancient times. Moreover, it was allegedly transported by the athletes during training in amphorae from the ball of the foot to the tip of the Italian boot. It was (and still is today) considered to be particularly rich in body and alcohol

The Bianco is made from Greco Bianco (80%) and other authorised varieties (max. 20%). The wine types Rosso, Rosso Classico and Rosato are produced from at least 80% Gaglioppo, as well as a maximum of 20% of other approved varieties (of which a maximum of 10% is Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot). From the Rosso there is also a more alcoholic Superiore and a longer matured Superiore Riserva. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, Vigna can be indicated followed by the name of the vineyard.

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