Villa Marcello was built at the end of the 17th century by the Tiepolo family, as a shooting lodge in the middle of a large forest.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Elisabetta Galvani Onigo, the owner at the time, was the first to plant vines on the estate. Today, the estate is run by her descendants, the Marcello family, who played an important role in the history of Venice. Alessandra and Andriana Marcello are deeply involved in the development of wine production in the local area, Fontanelle which falls within the Prosecco DOC, an area which has gained significant international interest over the last decade.
Villa Marcello Prosecco is the latest project of Giovanni Mazzei, who launches his first vintage Prosecco from his mother’s (Alessandra Marcello) family estate in the Veneto.
The estate covers 57 hectares in the commune of Treviso, of which 26.5 are planted under vine. The principal grape variety used for the production of Prosecco, Glera accounts for the majority of the plantings, with some Pinot Bianco vines also grown. The vineyards are situated at 25 metres above sea level where the soil is silty clay for structured, yet elegant wines. The vines, planted in 2010, are carefully selected clones planted at a density of up to 5000 vines per hectare. As with the other Mazzei estates, Villa Marcello is managed with minimal intervention and the utmost environmental responsibility.
The Prosecco is “Millesimato”, which means that all the grapes have been harvested in the same vintage, 2014 in this case. The Prosecco shows a balance between modern and traditional techniques which highlight the wines’ origin and unique character.
Treviso DOC, Veneto
15% Pinot Bianco
Bright straw yellow in colour. Vibrant aromas of apple with floral notes of wisteria and acacia blossom which follow on to the palate. This Prosecco is dry and refreshing with good complexity and a rounded mouthfeel from the extended lees contact.