Caulonia

 

The municipality of Caulonia includes a wide area (it is the third largest municipality in surface in the province of Reggio Calabria) extending from the Ionian Sea to the watershed and is located on the mountain tops bordering with the province of Vibo Valentia. From here, with a full three hundred and sixty degree range of vision, many splendid natural spots can be clearly admired from the Tyrrhenian to the Ionian coast. In addition to the historical center of Caulonia, located about 200 m above sea level and 9 km from the coast, where the recent Caulonia Marina stands, numerous villages, more or less large, are scattered throughout the territory reflecting a culture and economy inextricably associated with the primary activity (agriculture, stock rearing and forestry).
Along the alluvial plains of the streams Allaro and Amusa , one discovers the citrus groves which have made Caulonia famous in all fruit and vegetable markets; behind the hills, olive groves and vineyards prevail, gradually giving way to forest species the higher one climbs

As proof of an ancient oenological tradition and a distinguished ability to produce fine wine, the entire territory of Caulonia up to an altitude of 600 m above sea level, falls in the production area of the DOC Bivongi, the only denomination of the province of Reggio Calabria

It is very likely that the expansion of viticulture in our distribution area took root in ancient Kaulon. Further proof that in Caulonia viticulture has been practiced since ancient times are the findings of archaic wine vats, that is, vessels dug in sandstone, and utilized as archaic tools to crush and drain the must. It is assumed that the works are of Neolithic or pre-Hellenic eras dating back to Byzantine times.

For further information: The wine-making tradition of Magna Graecia