il vino, arte dell'uomo
wine, the art of man...
The estate of Zaccagnini is located within Abruzzo, about two and a half hours east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and southwest, Molise to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. While Abruzzo is not Broadway or Hollywood with sun-glassed star types, it is home to Italian wine stars Marcello Zaccagnini and winemaker Concezio Marulli, who produce regional wines that everyone can enjoy, without sub-titles. Cantina Zaccagnini is a family thing, father and son Ciccio and Marcello Zaccagnini with cousin Concezio Marulli. Their approach to winemaking is comparable to that of a painter or sculptor and their art, or a composer and the music. Marcello's passion for music and all things art is obvious to anyone who has the pleasure of visiting the winery, it houses lots of his modern art collection.
This is not a story of a rich family invested in the cool world of wine. Marcello grew up working in his father's vineyard growing grapes to sell to local winemakers; the market went south and in 1977 Marcello decided that if the harvest didn't sell, they would produce wine. Ten hard years passed during which Marcello worked the vineyard in the mornings, then went to his welder job to earn much needed extra cash. From age ten Concezio worked alongside his family; he learned the art of making wine, and with natural talent, skill and passion Concezio Marulli has created the Zaccagnini style of wine that is both artful and present.