About eight years ago, after a short career as a mechanical engineer, Marco Marrocco decided to embark on a new adventure and write a brand-new chapter of wine history of his region of Lazio. After his studies in agriculture at the University of Tuscia and a period of study in Bordeaux, he began his experience as a grower with two and a half acres of land. He named his company “Palazzo Tronconi” and his dream of recovering old vines and producing biodynamic wines began.
Marco recruited Gaetano Ciolfi, professor of enology at the University of Tuscia, and Carlo Noro, one of the leading European experts in biodynamic agriculture to help him study the vinification of unique, typical vines of the region under biodynamic principles.
Palazzo Tranconi is in the ancient municipality of Arce, where the Liri river valley begins. The grape varieties grown here are those typical of the little town of Arce: The Lecinaro red berry, the Capolongo, the Pampanaro, white Maturano, and black Ulivello. They are also growing black Maturano, the subject of research at the university winemaking center. The Fatìa (white) and the Mocevò (red) are obtained from native grapes of the area and come from 80-100 years old vines and are practically unknown in broader markets. Then there is Fregellae: it takes its name from an ancient Roman colony, found in the Arce territory. It is a blend of three white grape varieties: Capolongo, Pampanaro, and Maturano. Zitore, made of Lecinaro grapes, is dedicated to Marco's grandfather, Salvatore. Donnicò is made from Ulivello grapes and is dedicated to the chief of Bourbonic guards of Arce famous for having opposed the rise of Garibaldi.
Following the principles of biodynamics, all wines are spontaneously fermented and refined in cement tanks, terracotta amphorae, or in oak or acacia wood. The wines do not undergo any chemical or physical treatment, clarification and filtration are banned, and the wines are bottled strictly following the phases of the moon.