.dreams, stories, territories,
landscapes, culture and tradition.
Drinking wine is not a pleasure which stimulates
only taste but can also be an emotion,
an experience, a pleasure which captures the soul.
Passion and the firm conviction of appreciating the value of an
ancient tradition, which comes from a culture which has enriched all of Europe,
and from the great belief in the potential of a territory which too often has
brought suffering, misery and perhaps for this, mortally wounded by its very own
The Enotrians, a race which occupied the present regions of
Basilicata and Calabria, created the foundations of our enology. The grape
varieties which are still cultivated, like Malvasia, Greco and Aglianico were
imported by the Greek colonies (from the VIII century BC onwards).
.and significant, speaking of which, the proverbial opulence and the culinary
refinery of Sybarite society.
They drank a lot of wine from their hills since they affirmed
that wine was an excellent antidote against extreme heat. Atheneous (in his "Deipnosophiste")
confirms that the Sybarites started drinking before sunset and finished after
sunrise. The wines were excellent and local. Since Calabrian wines were quite
liquorish and perfumed, they were blended with sea water and other essences in
Athens. In some cases the process foresaw the addition of sour black cherry
leaves, or either raisins to the wine which had been reduced through boiling.
The business, a small farm, is found in the municipality of
Saracena, a town which clings to the hills of the Pollino mountains (today a
National park), with the vines situated between 250 and 300 metres in the slopes
close to the plain where the ancient city of Sibari stands.
The vines which are all completely native and kept intact
through a lack of development of the territory, are called Gaglioppo (named
after the old Aglianico and/or Lacrima, Guarnaccia, Malvasia and Moscato (Muscat).
Saracena Moscato, Gaglioppo and Donna Marianna are produced thanks to farming
techniques which have almost disappeared and craftsmen-like winemaking which is
respectful of the territory and of its vines.