The Cantina Greco story begins in the 1950s when Natale Greco began studying agriculture and started to work with his mother on her fields in the mountain town of Terravecchia in Calabria.
From her, he learned about and inherited her dedication and passion for their family’s land and honed his agricultural skills for growing olive groves and vineyards. Natale then moved to Toretta to expand his agriculture business; in Toretta, he was the first to build oil mills and grow wine in the area, which he began successfully selling to larger producers. Eventually, the entire Greco family got involved in the business with Natale’s passion for agriculture and the land being passed on to his children.
Over the years, the winery grew with new mills, vineyards and technologies. With over 60 years of experience, the family decided in 2017 to create their own brands of Calabria IGT and Cirò DOC wines, with red and rosé wines made from the gaglioppo grape variety and white wines made from Greco Bianco grapes.
Summer wine festivals
The Cantina Greco hosts wine activities such as workshops and food and wine pairings with typical Calabrian food products along with guided tours throughout their vineyards and cellars where they explain their family traditions in winemaking.
Along with these wine activities, the winery also organizes tours throughout the beautiful Calabrian city of wine, Cirò.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.