Guardavalle, white wine grape variety grown in the Calabria region of its native Italy. It is identical to the Greco Bianco di Cirò.

The name | Guardavalle is named after a small town in Calabria, between Locri and Noverate (also called Vardavalli).

Where grown | Calabria: Mainly around the city of Reggio Calabria, especially on the side of Calabria that looks toward the Ionian Sea.

Viticulture | Guardavalle produces medium sized bunches and berries. It ripens relatively late and is not very vigorous.

Wine style | Aromas and flavours typical of Guardavalle include hazelnuts, red fruit, and tobacco. It is richly textured with a fruity-tannic presence.

Bibliography

See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.48 & 179-180.