Zamò’s history in wine goes back to the roaring 20’s, when the family opened an osteria in the town of Manzano. Finally in 1978 Tullio Zamò was able to purchase 5 hectares of vineyards at the Ronco Bernarda, in the heart of the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC (“Eastern Hills of Friuli”). Things took off from there with several Tre Bicchieri awards from the Gambero Rosso including the red-blend “Ronco dei Roseti” for the 1988, 1992, and 1994 vintages. And in 2002, Zamò’s 2000 Tocai (now called Friulano) Vigne Cinquant’anni was awarded by Gambero Rosso “Best White Wine in Italy”.
The family has made some smart moves to cement their place among the greats of Italian wine. Five hectares in Ronchi di Buttrio (a “ronco” – plural ronchi – means “hill” in Friulano dialect, generally a favored site for grape vines) were purchased, and then in 1996 the family purchased 15 hectares in the Rosazzo subzone, one of the great vineyards sites of Friuli. Other acquisitions have brought vineyard holdings to a total of 55 hectares in some of the top spots in Friuli. The family hired renowned enologist Franco Bernabei to consult in the early ‘90s (many top wineries in Italy including our Moroder use Franco’s skills in the vineyard and the cellar). One of Franco’s most important ideals is his desire to let the vineyards speak, and this along with prime vineyard locations has factored into Zamò’s current superstar status.
A state-of-the-art underground cellar was built in 1999 and since then all investment has been directed towards the precious vineyards, including an additional two hectares purchased in 2001 in Rosazzo where clones of Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano) and Pignolo were taken from the oldest Zamò vineyards and grafted into the new vineyard.