Family owned and operated since 1964, Zaccagnini has become one of the Marche’s foremost producers. Set amidst the rolling hills around Staffolo, a historic village said to be named after Staphilus, son of Bacchus, the winery benefits from decades of winemaking experience and a large selection of diverse, outstanding vineyard sites.
Operated by Mario Zaccagnini with the help of his son Franco and daughter Rosella, the Zaccagnini winery is renowned throughout the Marche region as the leader in fashioning authentic, high quality Marchesan wines from indigenous grape varieties. The most interesting of these rare varietals is Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. From the name one might think the origin of this grape lies in Italy’s Piedmont, but alas there appears to be no connection to Alba, the Piedmont’s unofficial wine capital, or to any Piedmontese grape variety for that matter. So, we suggest you simply appreciate Lacrima di Morro d’Alba on its own terms and enjoy the ardent adventure and exquisite gustatory pleasure that this unique grape provides.
The Marches is the green, picturesque region of central Italy that lies wedged between the Apennine spine of the Italian peninsula and the cliff studded coast of the gleaming Adriatic Sea. Aside from the two month onslaught (in July and August) of Italian and Teutonic tourists that descend upon the coastal regions of the province, the Marches remains an oasis of calm, rural charm, art, religious shrines, fine food, and of course excellent wines – the very glories of Italy.
The most important wines of this rural oasis that sits just due east of Florence are Rosso Piceno, the most authentic and traditional of the region’s wines; Rosso Conero, an even more robust version of Rosso Piceno in that its cépage is the same as Rosso Piceno, except here the Montepulciano grape plays the dominant character and Sangiovese the supporting role, whereby, the opposite is the case with Rosso Piceno; Lacrima di Morro, a rare local grape variety that produces tiny quantities of perfumed wine with enormous grace and charm; and finally Verdicchio, the quintessential fish wine that hails from two distinct DOC’s: Castelli di Jesi and Matelica. Verdicchio from either region can be quite good, depending upon the producer, but by and large Matelica remains the source of the finest, fullest, and most authentic Verdicchio – a wine that also happens to be the Marches most compelling white wine, especially with seafood for which the Marches is justifiably renowned.