Appellation: Cirò DOC
Grape Variety: Gaglioppo 100%
Aging: Maceration on skins in stainless steel
Soil: Sandy on matrix structure limestone
Altitude: 300-350 m.a.s.l
Training Method: Alberello (bush-trained vines)
Serving Temperature: 49°F
Ippolito is one of the oldest continuous viticulture sites within Calabria, having been established over 170 years ago when Vincenzo Ippolito first carved his initials into the stonework outside his cottage in 1845 within the vineyards of Cirò. Though the region itself was heavily dedicated to agriculture, all wines created were consumed locally. After World War I Don Vincenzo Ippolito, wishing to continue the legacy of his grandfather, returned filled with the desires to create and innovate. His first steps were to build the first modern cellar in Cirò, and over the years the industry for wine grew in the region.
Following in their fathers footsteps, the two sons of Vincenzo, Antonio and Salvatore Ippolito, began to implement modern agriculture, with a drive towards championing indigenous varieties such as Gaglioppo, Greco Bianco, Calabrese and Pecorello.
Now the company is run by their fifth generation, and is made up of three estates in the heart of the Cirò DOC: Mancuso, Feudo and Difesa Piana, which span across a total of 100 hectares. These estates range in vine age from being planted in 1972-2005, and sprawl from the rolling hills to the sunny flat lands budding up to the Ionian Sea.
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