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Marzemino Red wine variety

Marzemino is a Rare Ozzies variety with just a few Australian producers. Have you tried it?

Marzemino wine variety gets a mention in Mozart's opera which premiered in 1787Marzemino gets a mention in Mozart's opera which premiered in 1787
La Zona MarzeminoLa Zona Marzemino made by Chrismont in the King Valley region of Victoria

Marzemino is grown mainly in the north eastern Italian region of Trentino and to a lesser extent in neighbouring regions of Lombardia and Emiglia Romana. It is used to make still and sometimes sparkling (frizzante) red wines.  

It is related genetically to Lagrein and Teroldego, other varieties from that part of Italy.


Marzemino in AustraliA

This variety has attracted minimal interest in Australia. I know of only a few winemakers winemakers that use it. Therefore it is included in my book Rare Ozzies.

Perhaps it has missed the boat as more attention is being paid to southern Italian red wine varieties.

In the Rare Ozzies book Brett Butcher of Soumah Wines says that Soumah is interested in the variety along with other rare red wines from Northern Italy. Their first harvest of the variety in 2021 will be used for a rosato style wine.


  • Chrismont King Valley
  • Folino Estate Alpine Valleys
  • Michelini Alpine Valleys
  • Soumah Yarra Valley
Updated 16 April 2021

More Italian red wine varieties used in Australia

Aglianico | Aleatico | Barbera | Canaiolo Nero | Colorino | Corvina | Dolcetto | Friesa | Lagrein | Mammolo | Marzemino | Montepulciano | Nebbiolo | Negroamaro | Nero d'Avola | Nero Di Troia | Primitivo | Refosco | Rondinella | Sagrantino | Sangiovese | Teroldego | Zinfandel
One of the best books about Italian wine grape varieties is Ian d'Agata's Native Wine Grapes of Italy

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