Pizzo Calabro Zibibbo Grape

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Calabria

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

Wines and grape varietals

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Located on a promontory rising above the Tyrrhenian sea, the ancient town of Pizzo Calabro already had a flourishing economy at the end of the 1300s, when the Basilian monks built a new port here, creating an important trade in spices, silk, salted fish, oil and fruit. The terraces looking out over the sea were planted with olive trees and grape vines.
The grapes were all Moscato d’Alessandria, also known as Zibibbo, a variety from North Africa grown since the 11th century in this area as well as in the Sicilian islands, where it found ideal soil and climate conditions.
Until the second half of the 20th century, the Moscato d’Alessandria grown in Pizzo was mainly used as a table grape, appreciated for its fragrance, sweetness and freckled golden berries. Only very small quantities were vinified, for drinking by the family during convivial moments or special occasions. The tradition of producing raisins was not common here, as it was in other parts of southern Italy. In the 1960s, with the introduction of specialized Californian table grape varieties, more productive and often seedless, cultivation in Pizzo declined and much of the vines were gradually uprooted.

Season

Pizzo Calabro Zibibbo grapes are harvested from the second 10 days of September

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A group of producers has started to revive the terraces in Pizzo and Francavilla Angitola in order to bring this prized grape back to the market. Currently, the variety is known only for the wine made from it on Pantelleria. This restoration work involves vineyards that are around 30 years old as well as new plantings being carried out by the producers themselves.
The Presidium was started to promote a tradition that had become obsolete, reviving the old terraces once planted with vines and olive trees. This kind of mixed cultivation once characterized the whole coast. The project is concentrating on table grapes, establishing strict rules for the cultivation and also the harvest, in order to guarantee an excellent end product.

Production area
Agricultural area of the Pizzo Calabro and Francavilla Angitola municipalities, Vibo Valentia province

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Pizzo Calabro
Producers

Azienda Vitivinicola Pierantonio Scuticchio
Contrada Speziale
Pizzo Calabro (Vv)
Tel. +39 334 3020510
piero.scuticchio@alice.it

Saverio Gregorio Bretti
Contrada Liscia-Rinuso
Francavilla Angitola (Vv)
Tel. +39 329 3925923
brettis@libero.it
www.agriturismomielita.it

Cantine Benvenuto
Via dello Zibibbo
Francavilla Angitola (Vv)
Tel. +39 331 7292517-347 9774898
info@cantinebenvenuto.it
www.cantinebenvenuto.it
Presdidium producers’ coordinator
Giovanni Celeste Benvenuto
Tel. +39 347 9774898
info@cantinebenvenuto.it
www.cantinebenvenuto.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Domenico Mondella
Tel. +39 3477745925
dmondella73@gmail.com
A group of producers has started to revive the terraces in Pizzo and Francavilla Angitola in order to bring this prized grape back to the market. Currently, the variety is known only for the wine made from it on Pantelleria. This restoration work involves vineyards that are around 30 years old as well as new plantings being carried out by the producers themselves.
The Presidium was started to promote a tradition that had become obsolete, reviving the old terraces once planted with vines and olive trees. This kind of mixed cultivation once characterized the whole coast. The project is concentrating on table grapes, establishing strict rules for the cultivation and also the harvest, in order to guarantee an excellent end product.

Production area
Agricultural area of the Pizzo Calabro and Francavilla Angitola municipalities, Vibo Valentia province

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Pizzo Calabro
Producers

Azienda Vitivinicola Pierantonio Scuticchio
Contrada Speziale
Pizzo Calabro (Vv)
Tel. +39 334 3020510
piero.scuticchio@alice.it

Saverio Gregorio Bretti
Contrada Liscia-Rinuso
Francavilla Angitola (Vv)
Tel. +39 329 3925923
brettis@libero.it
www.agriturismomielita.it

Cantine Benvenuto
Via dello Zibibbo
Francavilla Angitola (Vv)
Tel. +39 331 7292517-347 9774898
info@cantinebenvenuto.it
www.cantinebenvenuto.it
Presdidium producers’ coordinator
Giovanni Celeste Benvenuto
Tel. +39 347 9774898
info@cantinebenvenuto.it
www.cantinebenvenuto.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Domenico Mondella
Tel. +39 3477745925
dmondella73@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionCalabria