At Baglio Vecchio Samperi, owned by the family for over 200 years, the precious origins of the history of Sicily’s wine making are well preserved. From here, Marco started a new journey: going back to the roots of marsala wine. In 1980 Marco De Bartoli named his rst wine Vecchio Samperi in honour of Contrada Samperi, on the outskirts of Marsala, whose arid land, rich in limestone and minerals, is so well suited to vine growing. This was the starting point to develop and share his concept of “territory”.
In the early 1980s Marco was thrilled by the potential of another extraordinary wine making area: the volcanic island of Pantelleria, located south-west of Marsala.
There, in Contrada Bukkuram – the name means ‘father of the vineyard’ in Arabic – he wanted to build a new cellar in an historic farmhouse, or ‘dammuso’, from the 18th century. 5 hectares of vineyards with south-west exposure, at 200 metres (about 656 ft), above sea level. As he did in Samperi, he gave the cellar and vineyard the district’s name.