Oenotical Tradition of Magna Graecia


The recent discovery in the Ionian strip of Reggio Calabria, of numerous native grape varieties that may descend from the Magna Graecia or earlier and more than seven hundred “millstones”; (the old wine-making tanks) of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods (some right in the territory of Caulonia), confirms the uniqueness and peculiarity of this territory; a wine heritage treasure chest to study and to deliver to the future European economy and culture. To trace the path of the vineyards in Calabria, one must go back to pre-Hellenic, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras, and by going back through the centuries, one will arrive to the origin of grape growing in the Occident.
A situation that dates back to the root of vine culture cultivation from Asia through Greece, the vine arrived in Ancient Greece where the foundation are laid to become what is now the vine is in the West: an economic, social and cultural opportunity. Also, thanks to research and passion of a few devotees of the native agricultural economy and in particular in the Ionian strip of Calabria, Reggio Calabria it has been possible to recover once again those historical result of a land that is be prodigious mother of a rich botanical patrimony and wine.
Perhaps with the same vines the first wines of the western world were produced: high quality wines such as the renowned Calcino or the Palmaziano dechanted. These products, which for centuries have delighted the Enotri, the Greeks, the Magna Grecia, and with which you press the Olympians champions were awarded, were subsequently inherited by their conquerors, the Romans, who made of Calabria the land of wine production to distribute throughout Empire. A wine culture, which throughout the centuries has seen the Basilian monks in Calabria renew and maintain the cultural tradition of vines in what can be defined as the land of grapes.