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Cirò wine


Cirò Wine, or "Barolo of the South”, as defined by Hugh Johnson, the British author of the famous book The World Atlas of Wine, is Calabria’s most well-known wine. Its history dates back to the first landing of the Greek colonists on the Calabrian coast, where they were so impressed with the fertility of the vineyards that they began calling the region “Enotria”, or rather the  “land of wine".

Well aware that a piece of land cultivated with the grapevine was worth six times a field of grain, the Greeks recognized the enormous value of these vineyards. In fact, it is believed that a number of vines found throughout Calabria, as well as in certain areas of the rest of Italy, are of Greek origins, such as gaglioppo, mantonico and greco bianco.

Krimisa”, an ancestor of the modern day Cirò Wine, became the official wine of the Olympics during the Greek era and was probably the first instance of a sponsor, as we would define the term today.It would appear that six time Olympic champion, Milo of Kroton, was a big fan of this wine, which was traditionally offered to the athletes who returned home victorious following the competitions in Olympia.

Today, Cirò wine is produced in a small area north of the province of Crotone and is exported worldwide. The red is particularly highly acclaimed thanks to its excellent quality and high alcohol content, with an average of 13.5%.

Art

Crotone, Pythagoras' town
Santa Severina, the "stone ship"
Le Castella, the magic of a castle in the sea


Crotone, with its old town and the Castel of Charles V. Santa Severina, named among the most beautiful Italian villages. San Giovanni in Fiore, famous for its abbey and Gioacchino da Fiore. And finally Le Castella, an ancient fishing village well known for its castle that actually sits on a small isthmus anchored to the shore by a strip of land.

Sea Protected Area

Capo Rizzuto and its marine reserve

In the marine reserve of "Capo Rizzuto" the colour of the sea changes from sky blue to emerald green and the coast is truly spectacular, so rich in history and nature, that in 1991 it was declared a protected marine reserve, covering an area of about 15,000 hectares, which make it the largest in Italy.

Wineries

Cirò, the wine of the gods

One of the best-known products of the territory is its wine, especially the "D.O.C." Cirò, "wine of the gods", that was proffered to Olympic champions after the games.

Mountains

Sila, an amazing mountain in the middle of the Mediterranean

The Calabrian mountains can be identified with the vast plateau at the centre of the region, with peaks that hit the 2000-meter mark. The Silan landscape is characterized by the larician pine, a soaring, tall tree that recalls the gentle wilderness of the Alps

Archaeological Sites

Capo Colonna, breathing Magna Graecia

A number of traces bear witness to the Magna Graecia period, possibly the most fruitful that Crotone has ever known, and during which the mathematician Pythagoras selected the city as the site for his school: the Capocolonna Archaeological Park.

  • Art

    Crotone, with its old town and the ...
  • Sea Protected Area

    In the marine reserve of "Capo Rizzuto" ...
  • Wineries

    One of the best-known ...
  • Mountains

    The Calabrian mountains can be ...
  • Archaeological Sites

    A number of traces bear witness to...
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Sea Protected Area

Sila National Park

Crotone Tourism Info