Fattoria Zerbina is a wine estate situated south of the city of Faenza in Emilia-Romagna. It was founded in 1966 by Vincenzo Geminiani and is best known for its classic regional wines made from Sangiovese and Albana.
The current owner, Cristina Geminiani, took control of the estate in 1987. She began to focus more on the Albana grape variety and the region's renowned sweet Albana di Romagna wines. She replicated techniques from Sauternes, encouraging noble rot in the vineyards and carrying out multiple passes at harvest time to increase the quality of the wines.
The Albana vines are planted in low-lying areas, where damper conditions are conducive to the development of noble rot. The Sangiovese is planted on calcareous clay and alluvial soils typically found in the estate's more elevated vineyards. Zerbina also cultivates international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are planted in clay-rich soils.
The estate's flagship Albana di Romagna wine is the Scacco Matto, first released in 1987. It is fermented and aged in a combination of large French oak barrels and small stainless steel tanks, with production now reaching 3000 half bottles a year. Fattoria Zerbina's portfolio also includes several Sangiovese-predominant blends, a trend that began with the first vintage of Marzieno in 1987. Over the years this red wine label has evolved from a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon to one that today includes Merlot, Syrah and Ancellotta as well.