It is not sweet or dolce, as the name might mislead
Giuseppe Calabrese comes from near the town of Saracena in the Pollino region. It is located in the northern part of Calabria and is somewhat cooler compared to the south, where a subtropical climate prevails in parts. Occasionally, in winter, you can even spot snow-covered peaks from Monte Pollino. Only a few people know the name of the DOP Terre di Cosenza, and the most important red grape variety, Magliocco Dolce, is also almost unknown.
On around five hectares and the 400-metre-high, chalky vineyards, Giuseppe produces around 8,000 bottles a year. The soil is a mixture of marine sediments and limestone, as evidenced by many ancient limestone caves in the area around Saracena.
The Magliocco Dolce is traditionally raised using the bush-wine-like Albarese method and, due to the altitude of the vineyards, has little more than 12.5% alcohol, but immense aromatics, density and complexity. The limestone with high iron content and the bush vines, which are on average 40 years old, make a difference. This is how delicious and authentic Calabria tastes.