100% Gaglioppo from massale selection. This parcel- Vigna Fego– has clay/marl soils, and is very close to the ocean; farmed organically, with cover crops and wild herbs.
After crushing and destemming, the grapes macerate for 12 hours in stainless steel without temperature control, after which they are not pressed, but drained by gravity. Fermented with native yeast, and no temperature control; 100% malolactic. Aged 8 months in stainless steel. 3.400 bottles produced.
Cirò wine can be traced back to antiquity, when is was allegedly served to the winners at the ancient Olympics. Run by husband and wife team Francesco and Laura de Franco, ‘A Vita is located on the arch of Italy’s boot tip, nestled between the Ionian sea and Sila mountains; this situation ensures both coastal influence and dramatic diurnal shifts. DOC Cirò is dominated by one producer: Librandi, who produces over 200,000 cases per year. By contrast, Francesco & Laura make only 2000 cases total.