Above: One of Ippolito 1845′s vineyards. Note the hills in the background. Many don’t realize that even though it lies along the coast, Cirò is actually a mountainous growing area.
Ippolito 1845 is one of those great family-owned and -run Italian wineries that already enjoyed immense popularity in the 1960s when Italy’s “economic miracle” helped the first wave of the Italian wine renaissance to take shape.
But the even better news is that even has the winery has passed from one generation of the Ippolito family to the next, the winemakers have kept their family traditions intact and the wine continues to be produced in the “traditional style” of the Calabrian winemaking legacy.
Yes, it’s true that they’ve introduced some modern technology like temperature controlled fermentation and stainless-steel vinification for its ready-to-drink wines (and a snazzy, super cool website).
But they’ve also remained devoted to large-cask aging of its top expressions of Gaglioppo.
Made from 100 percent Calabrise grapes, the Calabrise is one of its entry-tier wines and is vinified and aged in stainless-steel.
Fresh and clean on the nose, this highly approachable wine is juicy and fruit-driven, with gorgeous ripe red fruit flavors balanced by gentle tannin and wonderful minerality.
Calabrise (or Calabrese) is the same grape as Sicily’s Nero d’Avola.
A lot of people erroneously believe that Calabrese is so-called because Nero d’Avola originated in Calabria. In fact, Nero d’Avola most likely originated in Sicily.
The grape name actually came from a linguistic corruption of Colla-anlisi which means “Avola grape” in Sicilian dialect (colla means grape and anlisi means Avola).