Host country

19 to 22 May 2022

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Cosenza, Italy

Calabria, a cradle of winegrowing

The Calabrian city of Cosenza is set to host the competition’s main session for red and white wines. Nearly 350 judges are expected to travel to the region from 19 to 22 May 2022. The organising teams are looking forward to reverting to the event’s traditional format in the heart of an area where winegrowing dates back centuries.

The history of wine in Calabria began over 2,500 years ago. Located between the sea and the area’s lofty peaks, in the heart of the Mediterranean region, Calabria has always been considered as a land of winegrowing. In fact, Calabria was even known as ‘Enotria’, the ‘land of wine’ or ‘land where vines are grown’. Calabrian wines were highly valued throughout Antiquity, so much so that they were gifted to winning athletes at the Olympic Games. The region’s people was familiar with vines and grew them, even before Greek settlers brought with them their knowledge of winegrowing.

This long-standing history of wine is present to this day and tangible along this strip of land. The deep-rooted ties between its people and this history have made present-day Calabria an incredible resource for charting the history of wine. Evidence of wine has been found in numerous archaeological sites.

Set in the heart of Calabria, the province of Cosenza is viewed as a botanical garden, sandwiched between the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Seas, and between the Pollino mountain range and Sila plateau.

Its unique climate promotes production of outstanding produce, from the sweetest tomatoes to liquorice, olives and fragrant citrus fruits, including of course vines.

Cosenza’s vineyards are situated in the North of Calabria, extending over elevations of 500 to 700 metres above sea level.

They form the region’s largest production area and home to its iconic grape variety – Magliocco Canino – which produces wines scented with blackberries and spice.

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