Rocca del Principe
Their life dedicated to wine
Husband and wife duo
Campanian husband and wife and winemaking duo, Aurelia Fabrizio and Ercole Zarrella, immediately commanded the attention of critics and consumers alike through the sheer breadth of aromatics, minerals and compelling nuances displayed in their substantial Fiano di Avellino.
Their philosophy is a simple one: low production in the vineyards means higher quality in the cellars. This principle informs all their decisions throughout production. The duo regularly performs green-harvests and employs no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Though their first estate-bottled vintage was only in 2004, these experienced growers regularly boast 3 Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso for their stellar Fiano and have been named Gambero Rosso's Up-And-Coming Winery of the Year in 2009!
Ercole Zarella: “I grew up in the vineyards, spending my entire life with my grandparents and parents, but as soon as I took the reins, I ripped out the old vines and planted Fiano. It had just started to become popular as a dry, still wine rather than the sweet, sparkling wine it had been known as before. My parents thought I was crazy and that Fiano was a fad that would soon die, but after 15 years of increasing popularity and selling the grapes to other producers, I decided that I wanted to make my own wine. That was back in 2004.
Each year I am learning more and studying more. It’s important to me as an artisanal producer to always make the best wine that I can possibly make from our territory. That doesn’t mean more in terms of quantity, but it means to constantly improve the wines we have, the plants and the vineyards. It’s a challenge, but so far I couldn’t be happier.”