Marzemino: A Rare Italian Variety

What You Need to Know About Marzemino

Known for producing northern Italian varieties in the Yarra Valley, Soumah is also synonymous for some of the rarer Italian varieties. Marzemino is one of them.

Most commonly produced in the Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto wine regions of Italy, you can also find Marzemino in Emilia Romagna and Lombardy – and now in the Yarra Valley! Mentioned in what is considered to be the best opera of all time, Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ from the 19th century, we concur this grape is ‘eccellente’!

After tasting many red wines throughout northern Italy, we found Marzemino to have great depth and fabulous cherry and plum flavours, indicative of varieties found in this region. It produces a balanced wine, lighter in style and perfect for summer drinking.

Marzemino pairs well with roasted pork and beef or veal pot roasts. It is also a fabulous accompaniment to fish but either way, nothing too spicy. A mature cheese would also match deliciously.

We recently planted our own Marzemino and are expecting our first crop for the 2021 vintage. It will be a small quantity to begin with, yielding approximately a tonne and a half. This equates to 100 cases of single vineyard and is expected to increase to 300 cases when mature.

While we await our own vintage, consider trying either of our two Marzemino imports direct from Trentino. Each is available for purchase at our cellar door or online here.

Better still, join us for our Northern Italian Highlights Masterclass where you will taste Marzemino alongside some other rare varieties including Nascetta, Lagrein, Nebbiolo and Barolo. More information about the class here.