The Calo Estates were founded two centuries ago in Salento area, where Leopoldo Calo owned a small farm producing grapes and olives. His grandson, Giuseppe, set up a sales branch in Albizzate, near Varese, at the end of the 1930s to distribute the family wines in the north of Italy. In 1963, when his son Mino joined the company, Rosa del Golfo was the develop a rose wine from Salento which soon established such a high reputation that even to the extent that it was taken as the name of the company itself in 1988. The grapes used to produced Rosa del Golfo wines are supplied exclusively by traditional growers who employ the ’albarello’ technique. These growers have worked closely with the Estate for decades, thereby ensuring that certain basic rules for correct vineyard management are always observed: low yields and minimal use of pesticides. Mino Calo was one of the first producers in the Salento, the ’heel’ of Italy’s boot, to believe in the quality potential of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, and his wines were already showing well in the 1980’s.