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Cirò is a comune and town with a population of 3614 people in the province of Crotone, in Calabria, Italy.


[edit] History

There were bronze age settlements in the area; fossils have been found and are preserved for eventual exhibition in a museum to be established. The ancient Greeks had a settlement on the sea coast - rudiments of a shrine to Apollo have been found. The town on the hill had its origens before 1000 a.d., but it was greatly expanded after the Saracens started raiding the sea coast. Cirò (known earlier as Psicro) became an important regional center with a castle most of which was constructed between 1300 and 1500; today the castle is in rather bad shape, and should be restored. The administration is attempting to obtain funds and authorization to do so. Until around 1970, the regional court had its seat in Cirò; after the sea coast town split off, much of the administrative functions were transferred there.

[edit] Cirò

The Cirò wine region is located in the eastern foothills of the La Sila region and extends to the Ionian coast. The region's classico (or heartland) is centered on the comuni of Cirò and Cirò Marina in the province of Crotone. The soil of this area is predominantly calcareous marl with some clay and sand deposits. The wines of the regions are predominantly red containing at least 95% of the Gaglioppo grape and up to 5% of the white Greco bianco and Trebbiano grapes permitted. Rosés and white wines from at least 90% Greco bianco and up to 10% Trebbiano are also made in Cirò but in very limited quantities. While a common synonym of Trebbiano is Greco, the grape is separate and distinct from the Calabrian wine grape Greco bianco. The designation of Cirò classico will only appear on red wines. Red Cirò is typically very tannic and full bodied with strong fruit presences. It is often meant to be consumed 3-4 years after vintage but can take more time to soften the tannins.It is said that Cirò was offered to winners of the ancient Olympics.


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