Located at the southern tip of Italy’s “boot”, the region of Calabria is vastly popular for one thing: amazing wine. The ancient Greeks were the first to bring vines and produce wines in Calabria. Several ethnic groups shuffled through, hoping for great opportunity in this land of wine. At the height of the wine trade in the late 19th century, however, the Phylloxera crisis wiped out many of Calabria’s historic vineyards. Today, the now revived region is widely recognized for Ciró, which is said to be one of the world’s oldest wines. It’s mostly produced as a rosso, with Gaglioppo and small percentages of Greco bianco and Trebbiano. Stunning biancos and rosatos are also made in Ciró, but in limited quantities. To learn more about Calabrian wine, visit www.vino-california.com.