Federico De Cerchio
My name is Federico, nephew of Laurentino De Cerchio, the founder of the Torre Zambra winery and third generation of producers at the helm of the estate after my father Riccardo Francesco. I was born in 1987 and grew up in Villamagna, home of our winery, and a place to which I am more attached. Here all my first memories are kept, where my life and wine are intertwined since childhood. Today I’m in charge of the promotion of Torre Zambra around the world, traveling over 250 days a year. But every time I get the chance I like to come back to Villamagna. This is where all my friends are, my dearest affections and the thing I care about most: our vineyards.
Even though I grew up in the world of wine, I have been working in the Torre Zambra winery for a short time. I became interested in winemaking and wine production pretty late, just after I became 20 years old. I spent a long time abroad to face university studies in economics, between Finland, Sweden and Germany, but already at that time I started studying as a Sommelier. Returning to Italy it was a crescendo of passion that led me in 2013 to establish an online wine sales portal called Wineowine in Rome, which helps small Italian wine producers to become known through web sales. Then, in 2018, I decided to go back to where it all started. I moved back from Rome to Villamagna and my adventure at the wheel of Torre Zambra finally began.
I learned a lot during my years of study and life around the world. The contact with many cultures has allowed me to appreciate even more the beauty of our landscapes and the richness of our territories. From here the choice to continue on the direction traced by my grandfather: the traditional winemaking style, the native Abruzzese vines and in particular the Montepulciano di Villamagna.
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