La Gita Fiano
Fiano is a native grape variety of Campania, Italy. It seems to grow exceptionally well in the hills surrounding McLaren Vale.
A lively, lifted citrussy example of this Campanian variety, with hints of white pepper, fennel, celery salt and orange zest to its grapefruity, mouth watering palate. Nice intensity, persistence and line, with a saline edge to the finish.
In 1956 life’s daily struggles in Campania, Southern Italy, forced two poor families to search for a better future. Led by two very brave men Francesco Zuzolo and the late Ercole Zerella, the two families migrated to South Australia. They embraced all they knew; life on the land, a passion for farming, grape growing and winemaking and in doing so they laid the foundation for what would become a family’s life-long love affair with the land and more particularly the wine industry.
The late Vic Zerella, (son of Ercole) followed in his father’s footsteps becoming an icon of the South Australian farming, produce, viticulture and wine industries. Among his many successes Vic founded Tatachilla Winery and this is where his son and our Managing Director, Jim Zerella’s, love of the wine industry was ignited.
Embracing his ancestors’ passion for the vines along with their ambitious nature, work ethic and spirit of entrepreneurship Jim founded Zerella Wines and has taken it from strength to strength.
Jim celebrates his ancestry in our La Gita range that features Italian varietal wines while our Single Vineyard Series is proof of a phrase coined by Jim’s Dad “you can make bad wine from good grapes, but you can’t make good wine from bad grapes”.