A well-known Calabrian family existing in Cirò from the dawning of the 16th century, when the great mathematician and astrologist Luigi Lilio reformed the Gregorian calendar in 1582. Many rich noble families of Cirò were born precisely in the 16th century and started setting up solid properties which became part of the history of the territory. These include the old house Iuzzolini, recognized among the leading families of the sixteenth century. One of his distant descendants Iuzzolini dates back to Luigi, who was born in 1514 while the next century sees many celebrities including the notary Juzzolini Carlo who was born in 1698. In the 18th century for the first time the letter “I” appeared in place of the archaic “J”. In the last century from the marriage between Don Fortunato Iuzzolini and Donna Vittoria Liotti, was born in 1906 Don Diego Iuzzolini, the father of Fortunato, current owner of the company. This one, together with his wife Giovanna Colicchio and sons, Diego, Pasquale, Antonio and Rosa, started in 2005 the processing of the grapes, and built a modern equipped winery, thus realizing a dream handed down over time.
The Estate Iuzzolini
The estate is situated in the territory of Cirò, on the same hills that in the past saw the Greeks turn wine from a simple food into a product of exchange and cult. The Estate extends over a surface of approximately 500 hectares, 100 of which are planted with vineyard as specialized cultivation, 50 with century-old olive groves; 100 are cultivated as an area to be sown with seed, while the remaining part is made up of pastures and woods for the livestock, bred in the wild state.
The grounds, of calcareous, clayey and sandy origin, are extremely fertile, since they are rich in natural springs. The whole area, benefited by a Mediterranean climate, with warm and dry summers and short and rainy winters, provides the ideal conditions for the cultivation of vine and olive.
Today, not less than 35 workers carry out well-defined tasks inside the farm. During the period of the grape harvest and of the olive picking, the number of laborers triples.
(Source: Tenuta Iuzzolini Italy)