Fattoria San Francesco Ronco Dei Quattro Venti 2007, 750 mlfrom Fattoria San Francesco (View all)
Fattoria San Francesco was the first one in Calabria to experiment French wood on the Gaglioppo and was then followed by many others. The name indicates that the wine is made from the best slopes of the vineyard, overlooking the 4 different cardinal points: North, South, East, and West. Calabria. Enotria: the land of wine. That?s what the ancient Greeks had to say about Calabria. This region provides the toe to the Italian peninsula, and is home of the indigenous variety Gaglioppo that was brought by the earliest Greek colonizers. A splendid wine displaying great force and presence, its nature encourages patience and rewards cellaring. Legend has it that the wine of Ciro was offered to ancient Olympic champions. The winery Fattoria San Francesco is nested in a XVI century monastery where vineyards and olive groves were planted. From those vineyards, the wines from the Fattoria San Francesco are still produced, and the monastery is the center of the agricultural activity. This Ciro Riserva is aged 1 year in French oak barriques.
|Bottle size (ml)||750 ml|
|Cellar potential||will improve with age|
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Famous since the fifteenth century, the Siciliani family won renown through many of its members: prelates, lawyers, soldiers and men of letters.
Among the others, in recent times, Luigi Siciliani, was a poet and a refined lover of ancient languages. An elegant translator of classical eroticism, he also kept up a confidential correspondence with some of the most celebrated poets of those years—Pascoli and D'Annunzio.
In the chronicles of the period it is said that "... on the ground called Dopo San Francesco, in the country of Cirò, Domenico from Paola founded a monastery in 1578; all around vineyards and olive groves were planted... This convent was suppressed on 30 October 1770 by a decree of Ferdinand IV, upon which, the goods of the monastery included the factories were put up for auction, and on July 14, 1777 were awarded to Don Benedetto Siciliani..."
From those vineyards, the wines from the Fattoria San Francesco are still produced, and the monastery, today called Casale San Francesco, is the centre of the agricultural activity and residence of the Siciliani family.
Ciro is the best-known of the Calabrian wine regions. In the eastern foothills of La Sila, it extends out to the Ionian coast. Soils are primarily calcareous marl, along with some clays and sandy patches. Wines of this region are primarily red, and typically contain some 95% of the indigenous variety Gaglioppo.
A splendid wine displaying great force and presence, its nature encourages patience and rewards cellaring. Legend has it that the wine of Ciro was offered to ancient Olympic champions.