Increase in Calabrian Wine production 2019


Calabria is a region, which in 2019 stood out for surface cultivated with organic vines, 51% of the total, first region of the country.

This is the high profile of Calabria as also outlined by UniCredit’s Industry Book 2019!


The study that UniCredit conducts annually on trends, competitive dynamics, development prospects and growth of the variegated national wine sector, confirms the development of the Calabrian wine sector, also on the in the face of quality with 38% of the production of DOC (denomination of quality) and IGP (protection of geographical winemaking) wines.

Red wine production increase

The annual report, conducted by the bank, announced its results just before the opening of Vinitaly 2019.

Before Vinitaly in Verona, the industrial report clearly showed how, in line with the growing demand for organic wines, also in the tip of the boot, cradle of some of the most ancient and celebrated wine productions in Italy, the expansion of the biological cultivation of the vine has continued!

The study documents that in Calabria the area of organically cultivated vines has exceeded 4,400 hectares, making it possible for this agricultural reality to reach the sixth position in the country.

Organic wines production increase

The region, in particular, stands out in Italy with 51% of the area planted with organic vines and with a growth of 5.2% between 2016 and 2017 (the latest data available), followed by Basilicata with 49%.


Further, on the quality front, the wines of Calabria are in strong growth: in 2018 almost four bottles out of 10 (38% of regional production) are wines that can bear the DOC or IGP marks of quality, for a total of almost 143 thousand hectoliters of product.


In general, Calabria closed 2018 in sixteenth position in terms of wine production levels, with over 378 thousand hectoliters, corresponding to 0.7% of national production.

Calabrian rosè wines

In this context, in 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, Italy was confirmed as the world’s leading wine producer, with a contribution of around 17% from world production. In particular, the production of DOC wine increased (+ 21.7% year on year, of which + 23.4% red and + 20.5% white) while the IGP recorded a more contained increase (+2.5 % year on year).

However during the same period, even if the production of wine in Italy was very abundant with a total of 50.4 million hectoliters, which made it possible to exceed the levels of the previous year by 10.5%, Calabria stood out in the landscape of producers.

Olive Oil Soap: a Sumerian invention in Calabria


There is a handmade olive oil soap conjures up the salty air, sweet smell from the nearby olive groves, and the evening’s scents on a summer’s eve in a beach town on the Mediterranean, in Calabria.

A Calabrian treasure of scents

Calabrian women have used for centuries olive oil soap as skin care,  the handmade soap, particularly, contains a substance, oleocanthal, which has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.

A pure Olive Oil soap

Indeed, Olive oil cleans gently and kindly while helping your skin retain moisture. With regular use of this soap, everyone will feel the skin becoming suppler, softer and silky smooth.

Further, this versatile soap is wonderful for the body and the face, or melted in the bath.


There is a beautiful story about olive oil versatility and its profound utility, with regard to the soap made with olive!

The tradition of making soap with olive oil is very ancient. Some people say that it dates back to the ancient Egyptians, then the Romans, whose olive oil soaps have been used even for hair care.

Particularly, since the times of Roman empire until the Middle age the Silk Road was used for the export of so called “Aleppo’s” olive oil soaps, highly appreciate and famous.

Aleppo’s soap


Indeed, not many could imagine that the use of olive oil for the creation of soap is the result of the rich culture having lived in Mesopotamia, hence in very ancient times!

Namely, not many know that in the year 2,800 BC, when the Sumerians ruled Mesopotamia, there was the first evidence of a “soap-like substance”!!

At that time, the precursor of soap was the mixing of animal fats and olive oil with wood ash and water. The main use of this product was for the cleaning of wool, but secondary use was the sacred rituals of purification.

During Sumerian era, instead, only olive oil was used, eliminating animal fats. It was then that health benefits began to be discovered, such as the treatment of skin diseases.

Aleppo’s squared soap

Afterwards, the Syrian city of Aleppo, thanks to its tradition of producing high quality olive oil soaps since ancient times, as a legacy of the Mesopotamian culture, has helped to create a thriving industry, which the well known Silky Road has favored and helped to consolidate, by marketing such soaps till the modern age.

A beauty farm soap


Even today, sometimes, olive oil soap is called Aleppo soap by virtue of this centuries-old tradition. This magnificent soap is well smelling, fragrant and pure.

Indeed, the Olive oil soap is a product with many applications, unchanged since that era when it is described in some Mesopotamian tablets, whose pictorial cuneiform writing shows the different production methods.

Cuneiform Tables

Further, these techniques were perfected by the Egyptians, who added alkaline salts and made new uses for them.

Later, even Roman culture produced this soap and applied new uses to it. It has mainly been used as a waxy substance for hair. It has also been used by doctors and surgeons to clean body impurities.

From the 11th century AD, Spain became one of the main producers of olive oil soap under the Muslim government. The most famous of his time is the one produced in Castile.

Castile’s Olive Oil Soap

However, the main important thing is that…this kind of Sumerian soap is the  real precursor of the soap that we use all days!