Nicoletta & Stefano Campedelli
“The hottest winery in Veneto? Well, there are several. But one of them is without question Marion. …I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t love wine who wouldn’t want to drink any of their wines”- Antonio Galloni
The Marion Farm, located in the unspoilt Marcellise valley east of Verona, is a small family run property managed by Stefano Campedelli, his wife Nicoletta and her brother Marco and their two sons. Acquired in the late 80’s, the first task the Campedeli family set about to change was the overall vineyard health and lower yields all with the goal of improving overall fruit quality. During this period, fruit was sold to local co-ops until 1993 when Stefano met Celestino Gaspari. Under the guidance of the ex-cellar master at Guiseppe Quintarelli and current adviser to Romano dal Forno, Marion was born.
Starting with the 1996 vintage producing a mere 5 barrels, Stefano & Celestino set about creating a unique expression that paid tribute to the massive potential of the region that was being explored by Marion’s contemporaries at the time. Marion only works with the fruit of their own vineyards, hand picking each parcel of vineyard and vinifying individually to allow each varietal to develop its own unique character before blending. Apassimento is utilised alongside more modern winemaking doctrines, all focusing on purveying the purest expressions of their terroir. The wines all start life in large stainless steel fermenters before passing into 2800L-3000L seasoned Slavonian oak foudres where the wines will spend 3 years without racking, only regular topping.