Their philosophy is a simple one: low production in the vineyards means higher quality in the cellars. This principle informs all their decisions throughout production. The duo regularly performs green-harvests and employs no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Though their first estate-bottled vintage was only in 2004, these experienced growers regularly boast 3 Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso for their stellar Fiano and have been named Gambero Rosso's Up-And-Coming Winery of the Year in 2009!
Ercole Zarella: “I grew up in the vineyards, spending my entire life with my grandparents and parents, but as soon as I took the reigns, I ripped out the old vines and planted Fiano. It had just started to become popular as a dry, still wine rather than the sweet, sparkling wine it had been known as before. My parents thought I was crazy and that Fiano was a fad that would soon die, but after 15 years of increasing popularity and selling the grapes to other producers, I decided that I wanted to make my own wine. That was back in 2004.
Each year I am learning more and studying more. It’s important to me as an artisanal producer to always make the best wine that I can possibly make from our territory. That doesn’t mean more in terms of quantity, but it means to constantly improve the wines we have, the plants and the vineyards. It’s a challenge, but so far I couldn’t be happier.”
List of wines
A fresh, yet dry white wine sporting an authentically mineral profile, spanning petrol and smokiness, while reflecting citrus and balsamic with nuances of pink grapefruit and basil.
Pronounced and complex bouquet with hints of cherry, spicy scents of violet and tobacco and a suggestion of minerality. Nice body on the palate with balanced tannins and acidity.
This is a ripe, jammy expression that shows aromas of dried prune, raisin, dark tar, resin, blackberry preserves and moist tobacco. The tannins are firm and solid, but they also show a chewy, ripe side.”-Wine Enthusiast