San Marco Argentano, Calabria
Antonello Canonico, Dino Briglio
8ha. under vine
Three Calabrian friends, Antonello, Dino and Emilio, heard about a small vineyard named Chora, owned by an elderly widow, that had been neglected and lying fallow for 20 years. They made an offer and L’Acino was born. They were able to farm organically from the outset as the land had been untouched for so long, and many of their vines are more than 50 years old and planted on original rootstock, phylloxera being unable to develop on this volcanic Calabrian soil.
Times have moved on and now under the guidance of Dino, L’Acino operates just under 14 hectares of vines. Ranging from the new planting on original root stock ,to the recent acquisition of vineyards averaging 60 years old. All are vines that have been in the region for generation and as an added homage to past Calabrian production, Dino has bought Chestnut barrels into the cellar.