Campania

Winery Cantine Di Marzo

Campania

 “Good blood tells no lies” as they say in Italy. A few essential words that describe the special vineyards of the di Marzo estate since the Seventeenth century.

At a time when everything changes, when everything is standard, this estate manages to keep its identity as it was at its very beginning.

Back in 1647, Scipione di Marzo, founder of the estate, left San Paolo Belsito to escape the plague that was raging in the region around Naples and found shelter in Tufo.

It is said that he brought with him a variety then called Greco del Vesuvio or Greco di Somma.

After planting it in this new soil, he became the creator of the Greco di Tufo.

Since then, the estate has used its own nursery to produce its vines, thus keeping the genetic inheritance practically unchanged since its origins.

The di Marzo estate has managed to preserve its historical tradition while using the latest technology. This approach results in the making of high quality wines very typical of the terroir.

History:

Di Marzo, a name rooted in the territory.

In 1647 Scipione di Marzo fled his hometown of San Paolo Belsito located near the town of Nola.

He settled in Tufo where he built his winery.

Throughout the centuries the di Marzo family became one of the major land owners in the region.

In 1866, Francesco di Marzo, while hunting on his estate, saw a child holding in his hand what seemed to be a burning rock.The child was lighting it and putting it out repetitively.

In 1866, Francesco di Marzo, while riding on his estate saw some shepherds burning rocks to keep warm. While examining these rocks, he understood they were burning brimstone found on his land. With this discovery, the family began a large mining activity of natural brimstone, essential for agriculture. The company supplied farmers around the region and employed up to 500 people up to the early 1980’s when the mines ran out.

Today still, the di Marzo processing plant remains a reference of XIXth century industrial architecture and is visited regularly by students in architecture.

Other members of the family continued to play a leading role in the development of the region.

Donato di Marzo was a member of parliament and a senator from 1880 to 1911. His role was essential in the development of the railway in the region.

Vito di Marzo in the twenties and thirties was also a member of parliament and a major industrial figure.

Finally also in the twenties, Alberto di Marzo was a member of parliament and is especially well known as an accomplished sportsman with a passion for car racing.

He organized among other things the local car race called “Principe di Piemonte“.

Today

In 2009, after five lethargic decades, the di Marzo estate has passed under the control of the di Somma family, direct descendants of the di Marzo, the founders of the estate.

Filippo di Somma, 15th prince of Colle whose mother was a di Marzo, has embarked, with his son Ferrante and his daughter Maria Giovanna, on an ambitious program of development of the estate.

The goal is to bring it to a level that reflects the four hundred year old tradition of one of Italy’s oldest wineries, the first to have ever produced the Greco di Tufo wine.

The di Somma have spent most of their lives abroad, mostly in France.

Ferrante di Somma who follows all technical aspects and manages the export markets, has lived in France, England and Russia.Having studied wine commerce in Burgundy, it is he who set the new direction for the wines produced.His international experience of the wine world and his every day contact with Italian and French producers have given him the know how to bring the winery into the XXIst century.

Maria Giovanna has also lived a large part of her life in France and is currently developing the local market and promoting the Campania region through various projects of tourism.With an extensive experience in the IT business, she contributes to the organizational aspect of the winery.

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