The Fattoria Zerbina is located on the first slopes of the Appennines in Marzeno and produces only grapes from its 33 hectares of vineyards at an average altitude of 200 metres. The current owner Cristina Geminiani took the path of agriculture and finished with a brilliant finish. Motivated by this result, she trained as an oenologist in Bordeaux. Her unquestionable skills, combined with a remarkable dedication to the vine, have made her one of the most respected producers in Italy. Since 1999 she has been regularly awarded three glasses in the Gambero Rosso.
It all began in 1966, when Vincenzo Geminiani, immediately after buying the farm of the same name, decided to plant the first vineyards and start producing wine, immediately winning numerous awards for the quality parameters of the time. In 1987 the qualitative turning point: Cristina Geminiani, Vincenzo's granddaughter, the current owner of the company and responsible for the agronomic and oenological management, decided to embark on an "adventure" and increase the value of Sangiovese and Albana of the Emilia-Romagna region.
For the Sangiovese wines - above all Pietramora - she henceforth relied on a modern education of the vines and a strict selection. This markedly increased the quality of the wines, but also led to a massively smaller number of bottled bottles. This approach was very peculiar to this region at that time and did not necessarily bring the Symathie of the other winegrowers to her.
"To achieve quality, one must not take shortcuts. Especially when it comes to wine."
Cristina Geminiani, winemaker
The approach with the Albana is just as innovative: Cristina Geminiani decided to try the Scaccomatto, a sweet wine in the Sauterne style. A courageous decision that required sacrifice and dedication, and was rewarded with remarkable success in the early years.
At the same time the Marzieno project was developed. A wine that originally consisted of a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, but has evolved over the years. Today it also contains a percentage of Merlot and Syrah. The Ancellotta grape, a traditional grape variety from the hills, now completes the cuvée. It is a very powerful grape and Cristina calls it "our Petit Verdot".
Text: Famiglia Vergani | Picture: Zerbina