For more than 500 years, the Odoardi family has been making wine in their Nocera Trinese vineyards near Catanzaro, in the Southern Italian region of Calabria. And that's still 1500 years after wines from the Savuto area first became famous. Pliny the Elder was a fan of this big red wine as were Roman nobles who reserved it for their most important feasts.
Two millenia (and several hundred mediocre vintages later), the Odoardi winery has catapulted back to fame. Awarded Tre Bicchieri for their Vigna Garrone by Gambero Rosso magazine, the winery's resurgence has been thanks to the innovation of the latest generation, brothers Gianbattista and Gregorio, and their winemaker, Stefano Chioccioli, consultant to some of the most prestigious producers like Livio Felluga and Tenuta di Capezzana.
Rather than abandon tradition, they have just made it more rigorous. Odoardi still prunes vines in an alberello pattern, the way they have since the 3rd century BC. Instead of being trellised, the plants are clipped to resemble small trees allowing the grapes to ripen more evenly and to produce more powerful juice.