di Marzo

Tufo, Campania.

Cantina di Marzo is the birthplace of Greco di Tufo. This famous white was born in 1647 when Scipione di Marzo moved his home from Nola to Tufo to escape a virulent outbreak of plague. Amongst his belongings was ‘Greco del Vesuvio’ which he replanted in vineyards once dominated by red vines. The village of Tufo is built on volcanic rock, rich in sulphur. It is an unusual terroir and, over the centuries, the family has had far more success with mining sulphur than making wine. Their golden mining period was from the 20’s to the 50’s ending with the discovery that sulphur was also a by-product of the oil industry. Mining had been the source of Tufo’s wealth and it was not just the di Marzo family that entered a period of hiatus. Winemaking continued throughout though there was little input or interest from the family, meanwhile the palazzo fell destitute after earthquake damage. Fortunately, the cantina continued to propagate vines in its own nursery and the original genetic stock remains unchanged, the value of this preservation is incalculable.
Much of the 23 hectares of vineyard is planted with Greco along with Aglianico. There are no plantings, experimental or otherwise of the French set; for a cosmopolitan family they have a wonderfully blinkered view of what are the correct vines. The cellar was carved into the hill by hand, it is a series of caves ensuring a perfect temperature, even if it does mean that every piece of equipment had to be specially made in order to fit. While changes have been made to the structure over the last ten years, the personnel have remained unchanged; Giuseppe Lennaco looks after the vineyards, as he has for all of his working life. Paolo Caciorgna looks after the still wines and Maurizio Baldi the sparkling wines; it is an excellent team.