A family history
At the beginning of the century, the great-grandfather Giuseppe Sculco and then the great-grandfather Francesco Senatore, with the wine cellar located in “Corfu Vecchiu”, had dedicated their lives to the sector. The great-grandfather Antonio, from the 30s, who gave a great impetus and development to the company, planting the vineyards that still represent the green heart of the wine-growing tradition of the family. Also in the ’40s, with his brother Ra aele, he built the ancient cellar stone in “Corfu Novu” which accounted for about half a century the place of business with a trade volume and stowage of 2000 hectolitres / year.
The sons Giuseppe and Franco, skilled vintners at a very young age, followed Antonio’s footsteps. Although Raffaele and Salvatore embarked on other paths (they are now physicians and successful professionals) they have never forgotten the sense of romanticism, the nostalgic passion of childhood memories and the desire to rea rm the ancient tradition. Today, more close that ever, they have taken up the deep passion of their father Antonio, planning the new winemaking complex in the “San Lorenzo” district of Cirò Marina, and enthusiastically getting the next generation of cousins involved: the three Antonio, Emilio and Vito. They are 5 young people, who symbolise the present and, above all, the future of “Senatore Vini”.
The Senatore family is known, in the winemaking area of Cirò wine, as an ancient witness of passion, competence and tradition. The heritage of the Company is represented from 40 hectares of which about 30 suited to vineyard producing DOP and IGP wines and is divided into four large fields, all present in the DOP area. The vineyards are carefully cultivated using state of the art techniques, with the ongoing scientific consultancy of qualified universities. The result is a synergic and balanced approach that respects the environment.
The winery is located in Cirò Marina, the land of the Enotrians and the Brettians, and the cradle of Magna Graecia. Its ancient name was Krimisa and the historical period was the 7th – 8th century BC. The sacred city of Krimisa was founded by Philoctetes, the mythological hero of the Odyssey. When he returned from the war against Troy, he placed the sacred arrows of Ercole in the Temple of Apollo Alaios, whose ruins are currently situated at modernday Punta Alice in Cirò Marina. In Cirò the wine is archaeology and culture! There are many artefacts: terracotta wine vases with production seals have been discovered at the various Brettian sites found in the area.