Italian Indigenous Varieties: Greco Nero from Calabria

Tropea 3Greco Nero hails from Calabria and is often blended with Gaglioppo, a more well known variety from the region. Apparently it also produces great rose’ together with Greco Bianco. I don’t know if I have ever had a rose from Calabria but the idea of sitting on the above beach in Tropea with a nice glass of rose does appeal.


The grape is often cultivated in the alberello style and prefers not very fertile soil such as those found in this hot Mediterranean climate. it is used in a variety of D.O.C. denominated wines from the provinces of Catanzaro and Crotone such as Donnici, Savuto, Pollino, and Melissa, among others.

Statti, a Calabrian winery in the U.S. makes Lamezia Rosso, using 40% Greco Nero as does Odoardi from Jan d’Amore Wines.

Odardi 2

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