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Gaglioppo

Gaglioppo is an ancient red grape variety that has been cultivated in the southern Italian region of Calabria since Roman times. It is an important variety in its native region, where it accounts for a considerable portion of the total wine production.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Gaglioppo grapes have thick skins and produce deep red wines with a tannic structure. On the nose, these wines can have aromas of ripe red fruit, spices and leather. On the palate, Gaglioppo wines tend to be full-bodied with a pleasant bitterness and hints of red berries, tobacco, and spices.

Fresh Gaglioppo grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Gaglioppo is mainly cultivated in the Italian region of Calabria and is especially prominent in the DOCs of Cirò and Savuto. It is also grown in the DOCs of Donnici, Greco di Bianco, Lamezia, Melissa, and Palizzi. Gaglioppo is cultivated in Campania, Abruzzo, Marche and Sicily, but does not share the same reputation as it has in the home region of Calabria. Gaglioppo performs well in dry condition but harvesting before it overripes is essential to keep the aicidity. Gaglioppo usually undergoes long maceration to better extract tannins, wines are typically aged in traditional large botti, which helps to soften the harsh tannins and add complexity. Gaglioppo wines are usually robust and rustic in style. The DOC Cirò wines are the most renowned and tend to be the most structured and complex, with a balance of tannins and acidity. Wines from the DOC Savuto have similar characteristics, but tend to be lighter and softer. Gaglioppo wines are perfect for hearty foods like grilled meats, stews, and aged cheeses. They can also be served with roasted vegetables, mushrooms, and tomato-based dishes.

Foods to pair with Gaglioppo:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Sausage
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Gaglioppo
Gaglioppo is one of the numerous descendent of Sangiovese.

Top Wines with Gaglioppo

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Librandi Duca Sanfelice Cirò Classico Superiore Riserva Rosso

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Librandi Duca Sanfelice Cirò Classico Superiore Riserva Rosso offers a beautiful taste of the Cirò Classico appellation in Italy. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's unique terroir, characterized by a combination of Mediterranean climate, limestone-rich soil, and cooling sea breezes. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the finest grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The result is a wine with a deep ruby color, elegant aromas of red fruits and spices, and a harmonious balance of flavors. This full-bodied wine is known for its smooth tannins and long, lingering finish, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a refined and expressive Italian red.
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Librandi Cirò Classico Rosso (Segno)

Librandi

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Librandi Cirò Classico Rosso (Segno) is a captivating red wine that showcases the best of the Cirò Classico appellation in Italy. Produced by a renowned winery, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in vineyards with exceptional features, such as sun-drenched slopes and well-drained soils. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle handling of the grapes to preserve their natural flavors and aromas. The result is a wine with a distinct style, characterized by its vibrant red fruit notes, balanced acidity, and smooth tannins. Librandi Cirò Classico Rosso (Segno) is a true expression of the terroir and a delightful choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a high-quality Italian red.
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Scala Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore

Scala

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Scala Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore is a captivating red wine that hails from the renowned appellation of Cirò in Calabria, Italy. Crafted with utmost care and expertise, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the region's vineyards. The vineyard features a combination of ancient vines and modern cultivation techniques, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including a prolonged maceration period and aging in oak barrels, which adds complexity and depth to the final product. The wine itself is known for its vibrant red color, intense aromas of red fruits and spices, and a well-balanced, full-bodied palate. Scala Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore is a true expression of the terroir and a delightful choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a taste of Calabria's winemaking heritage.
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Librandi Gravello Rosso

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Librandi Gravello Rosso is an exquisite red wine hailing from Calabria, Italy. The vineyard, Vigna Gravello is characterized by its elongated shape, split by a path symbolizing the union of Cabernet Sauvignon on the hillside with Gaglioppo below. Comprising 60% Gaglioppo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes thrive in clay and limestone soil. The wine undergoes fermentation in steel with a 15-day maceration. Afterward, it matures in Allier oak barriques for 12 months, followed by an additional 6 months in the bottle before release. With potential aging of over 10 years, it embodies the region's international flair, balancing Calabrian tradition with a global palate.
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Statti Gaglioppo

Statti

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Statti Gaglioppo is a captivating red wine that showcases the best of Calabria, Italy. Produced by a renowned family-owned winery, this wine hails from the prestigious appellation of Lamezia Terme. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's warm Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soils, resulting in exceptional fruit quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle handling of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in stainless steel. The resulting wine is characterized by its deep ruby color, intense aromas of red berries and spices, and a well-balanced, full-bodied palate. Statti Gaglioppo is a true expression of the region's terroir and a delightful choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a unique and authentic Italian experience.
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