THE CELLAR AND THE PALAZZO
in 1647 Scipione di Marzo, first known ancestor of the family, left his hometown of San Paolo Belsito near the town of Nola to flee from the plague that was ravaging the region. He took with him some vines of a local white variety called at the time Greco del Vesuvio or Greco di Somma.
Once settled in Tufo, he planted this variety in a region previously planted mostly in red. He became the founder of the wine Greco di Tufo. In 1648 he established his winery and the family palazzo in the walls surrounding the village which now are one of the main architectural features of the village.
These two constructions are the architectural heritage of the estate and today still, it is in this winery that the wine is produced, the Greco di Tufo in particular. Located in the town centre, the winery and the palazzo form an integral part of the original town walls.
The seventeenth century palazzo is typical of the architectural style of that period. The winery consists of a series of caves and tunnels dug by hand in the rock.
This gives a stable temperature throughout the year. The winery is structured over many levels with a drop of more than 20 meters allowing the use of gravity when moving the must and the wine. This prevents violent movements of the wine in the wine making process.
The winery uses the latest technology and first class consultants: Vincenzo Mercurio for the still wines, and Maurizio Baldi for the sparkling ones. The wine making process is followed very carefully so that the wine may express all the personality given by the territory.
Thanks to this historical heritage and to vanguard winemaking techniques, the di Marzo winery is the proud witness of a tradition that dates back to the middle ages. The winery is regularly visited by tourists who wish to see a different aspect of the Campania region, or simply to try wines with a taste of Irpinia.
The estate owns 20 hectares of Greco and Aglianico vineyards located around Tufo in the hamlets of Santa Lucia and San Paolo, at an altitude that varies from 250 mt to 500 mt above sea level.
The soil is mostly clay and limestone, with a strong presence of sulphur, on gentle slopes oriented mostly south west.
The Greco variety was brought in the area by Scipione di Marzo in the seventeenth century. The vines themselves come from the estate nursery where the vines are carefully selected by the staff of the estate according to each parcel of vineyard. This has preserved an extremely pure genotype of the vines which are the result of a long
uninterrupted lineage that dates back to its origins. Despite of the fact that the location is especially appropriate for growing Greco, the estates Aglianico vineyards give grapes of extraordinary quality which we find in the red Irpinia DOC.
Certain parcels of land have been selected for Aglianico giving results better than the best forecasts. This emphasis on the production of red wine is the estate’s new objective.
For the Fiano and Taurasi, the di Marzo estate has close ties with growers of the region, who share the same philosophy and love of the vine and respect for quality.
Eleonora De Prospo
WINE CELLAR MANAGEMENT
OUR VINEYARDS TEAM