To have the foresight to do this type of research is impressive when starting out. Marco is essentially an accountant by trade. His family has a history of making wine for themselves but admittedly Marco says they just threw the grapes in a vat and hoped for the best. His grandfather didn’t have any particular technical skills. Nor was it passed down to Marco, he went on this quest all on his own. He caught the wine bug by tasting wines and visiting producers more and more often with a close group of friends. He recalls a visit to a few vineyards in the fall with the incredible foliage on the vines where he said to himself that he would make a go at this.
And thus, his journey began. He began planting these vines in 2017 and his first wines were produced in 2020. Today, he has about 4 hectares of vineyards all of which he planted himself. These vineyards are located on family land where his dad would have grown kiwi’s, artichokes etc. This is an agricultural hotbed here so historically many families either lived or supplemented their income by working the land.
Marco is as hardworking as they come and his aim is to farm organically/biodynamically and produce natural wines. He has a capacity to make about 30,000 bottles total production which he may get to with his 2023 harvest.
Currently Marco is the only producer of Cesanese in Sezze and the only monovarietal bottler of Ottonese in Lazio. His first vintage was in 2020 and he made somewhere around 8,000 bottles total over 3 labels. He has about 4 hectares planted to vine currently. Marco aspires to produce 20,000 to 30,000 bottles annually, tops.