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 LAND OF THE WINE
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.