Owners of Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti, the Mazzei family have been making renowned wines since the 14th century and are closely linked to the history of winemaking in Tuscany. Today, three generations work together running the Zisola estate, just outside Noto in Sicily, which they purchased in 2002: Lapo Mazzei with the help of his sons, Filippo and Francesco, and Filippo’s son, Giovanni. The family devotes itself to winemaking, with a constant commitment to innovation and improvement while respecting tradition, family values and the natural environment.
The Zisola estate comprises approximately 50 hectares, 21 of which have been returned to their original use of vine-growing interspersed with olive, citrus and almond trees. Situated at approximately 130 metres above sea level, the gently sloping vineyards have a west south-west exposure.
A combination of long warm summers which enable the grapes to ripen fully, combined with cooling sea breezes, allowing aromatics to develop, and ensure that healthy grapes are grown. This guarantees consistency from vintage to vintage and enables the production of elegant wines of great finesse and varietal character.Download PDF Print
Vibrant lemon yellow in colour with attractive aromas of ripe citrus fruits, delicate florals and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is fresh and zesty, typical of Grillo, but with good weight and a full mouth-feel, thanks to the Catarratto.
Lemon yellow in colour, this wine has an attractive aromatic profile with citrus and floral notes and some tropical fruit. On the palate is fresh and zesty (typical of Grillo) but with good weight and a round character (from the Catarratto) .
65% Nero d'Avola
10% Cabernet Franc
The flagship ‘Doppiozeta’ (translates as ‘double z’ taken from the family name). Deep ruby red in colour with notes of dark fruit, coffee and tobacco. An attractive spice element with layers of flavour and smooth tannins give this wine its distinction.
100% Petit Verdot
“Effe Emme” is the spelling of “FM” in Italian: this wine displays Filippo Mazzei’s initials. Deep purple in colour with notes of ripe plum fruit, savoury and peaty notes. An elegant wine of great complexity and persistence.