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Calabria is a land of ancient flavors which have remained intact over the centuries thanks to the raw material, made of plant varieties and livestock species, which elsewhere have disappeared, swallowed by the more profìtable and productive demands and bent by the needs of large retailers. In this case just as much as to say that the millennial isolation of some internal areas, has preserved languages dating back to the Magna Grecia, it has also handed down flavors and foods throughout the centuries, which are found in this poor cuisìne.  It was in the Calabrian town of Nicotera that, in 1957, Professor Ancel Keys, the promoter of a psycho-physical wellness style, identifìed the diet he would call "Mediterranea", later added to the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Unesco. "Lately, the Italian scientist Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California (Use) and the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (tfom) in Milan, confirms the virtues of the simple and genuine nutrition habits of his childhood spent in Calabria, calling it "The Longevity Diet".  Foundation of the "Mediterranean diet" is the extra virgin olive oil that Calabria produces having a 182,000-hectare olive trees cultivation area and whose 12% production is organic olive oil production and roughly a quarter of the total area of organic olive growing throughout Italy!  WINE One of the oldest wine in the world  The proximity of the region to the Ionian sea effects temperatures and makes the soil, a mix of clayand sand, creating an unique environment for vineyards. Around 1500 BC a tribe called the Oenotri (""vine-cultivators""), settled in the region. According to Greek mythology they were Greeks who were led to the region by their king, Oenotrus. At that time Oenotri grew headtrained bush vines supported by posts.  Drinking a cup of three thousand years of history  In the ancient Kroton area, is the cradle of the oldest wine: Ciro DOC. A recognizable red wine among a thousand, its elegance and structure of Gaglioppo, which becomes freshness in its unmissable rose version. This wine was so very much appreciated by the ancient Greeks to be offered as a prize to the winning athletes of the Olympics competitions. A chalice with 3000 years of history.  In the Pollino National Park, we find the Slow Food Presidium of the Saracena Moscato. As early as 1500 barrels of this wine they were regularly delivered to the papal court of Pape Pius IV who was a great admirer of this wine.  Coming down from the slopes of the Pollino Massifand alongside the river Crati Valley, in a vast distributional area grows the Magliocco, a superb grapevine variety which is able to compete unafraid with the major wines of Northern Italy. DOP Terre di Cosenza was founded to make the most of this great resource.