(White, White Classic, Rosé, Red, Red Superior, Red Riserva Superior, Classic Red, Classic Red Superior, Classic Red Superior Riserva). Hugh Johnson the author of the book “Atlas of Wine” describes the Ciró as the “Barolo of the South” which actually the story says that this wine has its roots at the time of Ancient Greece.
Legend has it, in fact, that the Greek settlers that landed on the coast of Calabria were amazed by the endless crops of grapes located in the areas of Sibari and Crotone called “Krimisa” and the “ancestors” of the varieties currently grown. A fine wine, enough to be offered to the winners of the Olympics, a tradition then repeated with a propagandistic intention during the Olympics of 1968 when the Ciró wine was offered to the winning athletes of the competition. In 1989, the Ciró wine received the DOC denomination.
To comply with such recognition, the wine must be produced in the areas of Melissa and Crucoli. Among the organoleptic characteristics we find well-defined limits: the maximum yield allowed for the production of Ciró Reds and Rosés must not exceed 115 kg per hectare, while the White Ciró has a limit 135Kg per hectare. The maximum quantity of grapes found in the wine must not exceed 70% for either the Red Ciró or Rosé, and 72% for the White Ciró. The grape varieties authorized for the production are three: Gaglioppo, Greco Bianco and Trebbiano Toscano.
The Red and Rosé have a more or less intense colour and flavour yet delicate and pleasant, they are full-bodied, harmonious and tend to become distinctively velvety with the progression of aging. These types of wine have relatively high alcohol content: the minimum total alcohol content is in fact 13°. But if at the time of labelling the wine has an alcohol content of more than 13.5° then it gets the label of “Superior”.
The “Red” wine in particular has a mandatory aging period which is 9 months, but if the product has aged a continued agiing process for at least 2 years then is given the label of “Riserva”. The White Ciró has a lovely more or less intense pale yellow colour, with a fruity aroma, and a pleasant and distinctive dry flavour yet delicate and harmonious.
Its alcoholic strength by volume is 11%. On the market the Ciró wine is authorized for selling from 1 June of the previous harvest year. Instead those wines made from grapes grown and vinified in the municipalities of Ciró and Ciró Marina they are given the classification of “Classic”. The benefits of this wine according to historical sources is that it is therapeutic: the wine is indeed a tonic for old age and to recuperate after an illness.