Marco Tinessa’s winemaking career grew out of an obsession with natural wine and a love affair with the Campanian denomination of Taurasi. His debut project began with the acquisition of a single vineyard of Aglianico near Montemarano. Ognostro came to be thanks to the help of Marco’s mentor and friend, none other than the iconic Frank Cornelissen, whose eponymous winery in Sicily has become
a standard bearer for Italian natural wines. So close was this partnership that Marco in fact vinified all of his wines in Frank’s cellar right up to the 2017 vintage.
Marco grows Aglianico in astonishingly low yields and often harvests well into November. This allows him to develop good phenolic ripeness without compromising on Aglianico’s high natural acidity. Just like his mentor, Marco prefers fermentation in clay amphorae or high-density polyethylene tubs as they “prevents any influence on the wine and the terroir”. In addition to his spectacular Aglianico, since the vintage 2019, Marco produces a rich and textural Fiano.