Castel Noarna

Marco Zani is making wine in the Dolomites from a small, 7ha vineyard surrounding a Medieval castle in the Vallagarina valley in Trentino. In existence since the 11th century, this castle was once home to the infamous witch trials of Nogaredo. Marco's father initially bought the property but, like most growers in the village, he would sell each year's crop to the local cooperative. Unlike his father, Marco knew from an early age that he wanted to make wine, and since 1989, he has fanatically been tending the vineyards and making the wine from this unique property.  After spending years revitalizing the vineyard, Marco finally achieved organic certification in 2008. The vines are at an altitude of 350m on an eastern slope composed mostly of limestone but charged with quartz, basalt, and slate. The terroir of this special place, combined with the warm 'Ora' breeze in the summer and Marco's careful winemaking, makes for wines that are textured, long, and complex, yet still refreshing and highly drinkable. All are fermented with native yeast in a variety of stainless steel and old oak vessels, with the only addition being a minimal dose of sulfur before bottling.