At that time he village of Montine was still mostly forested, with only a few vineyards or fields. Because their plantings were set off from their house about 30 kilometers, they would travel and often sleep in a stable while they worked the vines. Keep in mind, this is before most people had cars, so a 30 kilometer commute to farm was radical.
The vineyards they had been farming were officially purchased in 1928 from the consortium. The farm was developing around the plantings of indigenous grape varieties and traditional local wine styles, and although they still commuted, they had begun work on a two room farmhouse near their vineyards. Suddenly, World War II changed everything.
After another great war, in 1947, the family finally moved to their house in the hamlet of Celleri for good. A few years after moving to the farm, Marco’s great-grandfather died, and the estate was split up between his four children. Marco’s grandfather kept the “Old Vineyard” as well as land to plant more grapes. In 1974 he died, but not before teaching Marco how to nurture vines.
“One of my first childhood memories is grandpa teaching me how to work the vineyards, how to tie the vines with willow, and how to prune correctly.”
Marco’s parents continued to work the vineyards and bought up some of the land from the cousins, expanding the estate and building an extra cellar. At this point the new land was rented out to tomato canners, but the family farmed and picked all the tomatoes by hand.
In 2000, Marco quit his job selling boats to help his aging parents farm and make wine. In 2001, he bought an additional two hectares of vineyards from an uphill neighbor. In 2004 a new cellar was completed to keep up with Cordani’s expanding production.