calabria (italy) Calabria, in southwest Italy, occupies the toe of the country’s boot-shaped peninsula. It's a sun-baked region of rugged mountains, old-fashioned villages and dramatic coastline, with many popular beaches. Coastal Reggio Calabria, its largest city, is home to the Museo Nazionale and its Riace Bronzes, a famous pair of Greek warriors dating back to 5th century B.C.E. but it was in a small west coastal village somewhere in Cosenza where it all began for DVS in 1982.

Over 90% of the region's wine production is red wine, with a large portion made from the Gaglioppo grape. Calabria has 12 Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) regions but only 4% of the yearly production is classified as DOC wine. The region is one of Italy's most rural and least industrialized with a per capita income less than half of the national average. After World War II, many of Calabria's inhabitants emigrated to the United States and Argentina. Those left behind have been slow to develop a vibrant wine industry with only the red wines of Cirò garnering much international attention. There are no Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) regions but 12 Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) designations.




The Falvo family, for three centuries, are the owners of this small estate. Where the "terroir" tells the story of a thousand-year-old tradition through vintage wines. Their passions and sacrifices have nestled Ermanno and Piergiorgio Falvo here in Cosenza Italy, the place in Italy where, for me too, it all began for David Vincent Selection in 1982 as a young boy.

In it for the passion rather than for financial gain, the Falvo brothers are the stewards of their beloved Calabria. The quality of the wine is a result of the respect they have for Calabria. The work here is carried out organically as a result and in perfect harmony with the land that surrounds them. The vineyards of Masseria Falvo extend between the plain of Sybaris and the Pollino National Park, in the area around the towns of Saracena and Cassano Ionio. The vineyards are on the slopes of Mount Pollino which has a favorable climate with optimal exposures and soil which has always been suited to vine growing. Twenty-six hectares of vineyards, dominated by the native vines - Muscatel, Magliocco and Guarnaccia - cared for by the passion of people who know that quality wine is made in the vineyard.

Masseria Falvo produces only a small quantity of wines, but all of them are quality oriented. Only perfectly healthy grapes from their own organically managed vineyards are accepted. The grapes are picked and vinified by strict traditional methods.

The wines of Masseria Falvo remind one of the beauty of Southern Italy … more specifically … Calabria.

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