A HISTORY HALF A CENTURY LONG
In Amelia, Umbria, in a picturesque hilly area dominated by the ancient manor house and the cellar complex, the Zanchi family has been producing exclusive wines with a distinct territorial identity since 1971. The company's 35 hectares of land have always been cultivated with vineyards and olive groves according to organic farming principles, with low environmental impact practices and respect for nature. Since 2019, the company has also been certified organic. Low yields per hectare, hand-harvesting and low-interventionist winemaking are the basis of a sustainable production ethic conducted entirely in-house, from vine to bottle.
GUARDIANS OF BIODIVERSITY
Three generations have dedicated themselves to selecting the best native grape varieties and typical Umbrian varieties, planting an experimental vineyard in 2008, in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Perugia and the 3A Park, to safeguard the genetic heritage of endangered grape varieties. In addition to the preservation of endangered grape varieties, the aim of the project is also to identify unique grape varieties that can become identifiable and offer new commercial developments to local companies. In 2019, Tostolello was identified as the most promising and therefore entered in the regional register of vine varieties to be protected.
A pioneer of winemaking on the Amelia hills, the Zanchi family has over the years created the most representative labels of the Amelia DOC, translating the characteristics of the grapes into authentic wines, guardians of traditions but at the same time evolved by continuous research in the vineyard and cellar. Cantine Zanchi's wines are exported all over the world and over the years have received the highest accolades from the most quoted national and international wine guides.