Monte Pollino Red Wine



The wine of Vineyards around Mount Pollino National park is available under the label of “Pollino” DOC, a red wine, classified as Red and Sparkling wine, having Alcohol percentage 12.0%, ruby red or red cherry red tones, and a dry, full and clear flavour.



The territory of such powerful wine is a pure panorama of vertical mountains, a landscape where there is a perfect alternation of rainfall and insolation. The combination of mountains and coastline around Pollino is a vital component in the local terroir, while the Mediterranean sea helps to moderate the intense heat of the south Italian summer, so that justly the name “Il Mezzogiorno”, of the entire group of regions including Calabria, means ‘The Midday’.

The plants of Pollino DOC, therefore, live in one of Calabria’s most northerly wine-growing zone, and also one of the highest, located as it is below the 7430ft (2265m) Pollino Massif.

The area surrouding the National Pollino Park is literaly covered by large vineyard areas, spreading outwards and down to the south of this highest point, specifically into the Raganello and Garga valleys.

The Pollino DOC was originally introduced in such area in April 1975, afterwards it gained DOC protection after a long struggle to receive a clear wine appellation. Now, Pollino is sub-region of the Terre di Cosenza DOC, since 2011 along with its neighbors Donnici, San Vito di Luzzi and Verbicaro.



The hot of Italy’s southern is here only a half, due to persistent breezes which with their alternance of heating and cooling, make the land even a little bit cold. Over the course of a summer  the windy day causes morning and afternoon refreshment of the vineyards, which minimizes the risk of fungal vine diseases, typical of humid climates, and further improves the quality of viticulture.

According to the geography, the special position of the vineyards, at the foot of higher Mount Pollino, has been exalting the Wines, enabling them to intensify the strong flavours, typical of the regional traditional cuisine, Mediterranean and Calabrian, so that this wine easily caresses the palates of the most refined and demanding gourmets.

Nowadays and in few years, the wonderful people of Pollino national park improved their natural vocation to the planting of vines species of excellent quality, and they produce, effectively, a master red wine like Pollino DOC.

This red win is fully capable to meet the needs and the expectations of those looking in a wine for authentic Mediterraenan reliability, personality and great quality.

Melissa: the prestige of Calabrian wine culture


Among the Mediterranean primary wines of Calabria you can find “Melissa”, a DOC which enriches cuisine and gastronomy with its historically recognized prestige. A relic of ancient winemaking of Magna Grecia, still today appreciated for the excellent organoleptic characteristics, obtained only by Gaglioppo grapes.



The vineyards are placed in Cirò, Cirò Marina, Crucoli e Melissa Districts, where Gaglioppo  grapes find optimal conditions, thanks to a medium-textured soil, a mesoclimate, the sun exposition and the wonderful people living here.

The focal territory of production is Torre Melissa, in the very heart of that Calabrian zone indicated as “Alto Ionio Calabrese”, with an area of 54.800 hectares, where this nectar is so named after Melisseus, a prince of Crete or after the Melissa commune (in turn named after the Cretan prince who is said to have founded it).

The vineyards lie on the east-facing hills or close to the coast, so near to the sea that this makes Ciro and Melissa the lowest-lying viticultural areas in Calabria. Here, Melissa wines are either red or white (the latter type is effectively vanishing from production). The white wine comes from the grapes of Greco Bianco, Trebbiano and/or Malvasia Bianca.

The sea is near to the terroir here, and the cooling and heating of the land causes morning and afternoon breezes, which exclude the risk of fungal vine diseases.  The terroir is quite the same of Cirò DOC, in many cases, therefore this Ciro’s neighbors can enjoy quality and success of its winemaking.