Vinea Marson

The Latin word for vineyard is vinea.  Mario Marson of Vinea Marson developed his interest in viticulture and winemaking when he was a university student.  After graduating, he drove around knocking on the doors of wineries in the Yarra Valley in search of work.  He was appointed as a viticulturalist at St.  Huberts.  Within two years, his efforts were rewarded with a job at the highly rated Mount Mary vineyard in the Yarra Valley.

“I’ve been very lucky in having great mentors,” he says.  His influential mentors include Dr John Middleton from Mount Mary where, over fifteen years, he learned about the structure of wines, especially European style wines.  Mario worked as a winemaker with Ron Laughton at Jasper Hill from 1999 to 2004 where he developed insight into the Heathcote terroir.  During this time he was also establishing Vinea Marson on the eastern slopes of the Mount Camel Range, on land purchased in 1999.  His first wines were released in 2005.

“I’ve also been able to gain vintage experience in French and Italian wineries.  In 1994 I worked with Paola di Marchi at Isole e Olena in Tuscany and Gerard Potel at Domaine de la Pousse d’Or in Burgundy.  In 2003 I worked again at Isole e Olena, and also at Paola’s Piedmont Vineyard in Lessona.”

In addition to managing Vinea Marson and making his own wines, Mario works as a viticultural consultant and winemaker for Stefani Estate which adjoins Vinea Marson.  Stefano Stefani, who arrived in Australia in 1985, comes from Tuscany where his grandfather owned a vineyard and collected fine wines.

He purchased land for a Yarra Valley vineyard in 1997, his Heathcote vineyard in 2002 and another Yarra Valley vineyard in 2003.

Mario’s great-grandfather was a winemaker for a local landowner in Pordenone in Northern Italy, so it is not surprising that Mario started drinking wine at an early age.  His father arrived in Australia in the early 1950s and worked as a concreter.  “From about 3 or 4 years old, we were able to drink watered down wine.  Part of the Italian family tradition is enjoyment of good food and fine wine, and that remains important to me.  My three daughters have grown up associating wine with food.  The mix of wine with food is really important and it is the major influence in my winemaking.  I want to make wines that complement the enjoyment of a meal.  Food friendly wines.

“When I left school I studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at La Trobe University, graduating in 1981.  While working in the Yarra Valley as a winemaker-viticulturalist at Mount Mary, I undertook a Bachelor of Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University which I completed in 1986.”

Getting balance in his wines drives his winemaking approach.  “The initial reaction to a wine should be the same as its last.  The challenge is to get the balance right.  Wine that is too tannic, too acidic or overly alcoholic lacks balance.  Alcohol levels can easily get away from you.  The correct use of old and new oak is also important.  I strive to make wines that are well-structured and balanced.”

But Mario is also aware of managing the balance between life and work.  “My wife and three daughters remind me about work-life balance regularly.  My wife, Helen, helps with bookkeeping and general management activities.  She and my daughters get involved in harvesting the grapes and some winemaking activities.

“Helen has supported me in making my winemaking dream come true, although she has been known to comment that if she’d known what she was letting herself in for, perhaps she would not have been so supportive.”

Mario is not planning a cellar door for Vinea Marson.  “That would be another challenge in managing my work-life balance,” he says.  His wines are available at Cellar & Store in Heathcote.  He exports to China, Italy and Sweden and he hosts wine students from Italy during the Australian vintage.

$21.60 in any dozen

$24.00 per bottle

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This wine has a golden hue with green tinges. It displays light matchstick aromas with preserved lemon and slight herb characters. The palate has a rich medium bodied texture with flavours of lemon rind and hazelnuts with a long phenolic finish. Drink now, or cellar for up to five years. Serve slightly chilled.
36% Pinot bianco, 28% Friulano and 36% Malvasia d’Istria.

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This wine is pale straw in colour with a fine bead. It displays aromatics of green apple and pear. The palate exhibits gentle acidity and good length. It has mid-palate pear richness due to the addition of the Pinot bianco. Drink now, or cellar for up to two years. This wine is best served chilled.

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Pale straw with green tinges. Chalky, citrus and apricot characters on the nose. Good mouth-feel with intense flavours of orange peel, apricot, almond and ginger spice. Good length and a slight toasty oak finish

$39.60 in any dozen

$44.00 per bottle

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Deep crimson with faint blue tinges. Raspberries and cherries with hints of dried herbs and spices on the nose. Exhibits finely balanced tannins with an elegant, smooth syrah style finish

$34.20 in any dozen

$38.00 per bottle

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Deep crimson appearance, subtle aromas of almonds and earth with bright and dark cherries followed by fine grained tannins to deliver a balanced finish

$39.60 in any dozen

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Magenta with slight brown tinges, presenting dried herbs, tobacco, and red currant aromas. Intense in the glass with an ultra fine tannin finish. Demonstrates good length and complexity

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$24.00 per bottle

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This wine is your ideal aperitif. Served slightly chilled.

100% Sangiovese

411 Heathcote-Rochester Road, Mt Camel 3523

03 5433 2768

www.vineamarson.com

411 Heathcote-Rochester Road, Mt Camel, 3523 VIC
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