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Marco Nordio Sapori D’Italia Ltd

As the owner of Sapori D’Italia, Marco now brings the diverse flavours of Italian wine to Farro, importing varietals from all over Italy. You will often nd him in the Farro wine section, talking about the beauty of Italian wines and tasting a drop or two with customers.

What bought you to New Zealand?

In 2000, my wife and I decided to set sail around the world and we literally landed in NZ! We obviously fell in love with the country and decided to settle down in a beautiful piece of land in Kumeu and start a family. My son is a Kiwi now!

Where in Italy are you originally from?
A town called Sottomarina Chioggia near Venice. It’s sometimes called the little Venice! You can call me the Merchant of Venice!

Why did you decide to start importing Italian wine?
I didn’t think that Italian wine was fairly represented in NZ. I started with the ambition of enriching the wine experience of Kiwi drinkers by broadening their choices and helping them discover some outstanding Italian grape varieties. I hope I’ve done my bit so far, but I have so much more to come.

What makes Italian wine unique  and different?
More than 600 autochthonous grape varieties, plus an amazing history behind them, make Italy a true adventure for the passionate wine drinker.

What’s your favourite wine
My favourite wine is the wine that you drink with the right people in the right moments that become memorable! I can recall a Brunello di Montalcino 1997 I drank in Tuscany with my wife, and many more.

Have you ever made your own wine?
I studied wine science at Auckland Uni for a year and following that I planted a small vineyard with Nebbiolo grapes on my land in Kumeu. I have made a barrel of the only Nebbiolo ever made in Kumeu and some bottles have been pretty memorable too!


Prosecco San Leo

A crispy and aromatic wine with a delicate mousse (bubble foam) to make a refreshing aperitif or as a lovely companion to a seafood pasta. It is an everyday wine that you can pop without worrying about breaking the bank!

Pinot Grigio Montecampo

A creamy texture with aromas of pear and apricot. Finally, a dry Pinot Grigio that will not spoil your
meal with too strong aromatics. It will make for a wonderful match to fish or white meat.

Primitivo Sasseo

Sunshine in your glass from a Zinfadel-like grape grown in the southern region of Puglia. Plum aromas and sweet spices like cinnamon and vanilla will pervade your glass with a balancing acidity.
The best-selling Italian red of its category, and an award-winning champion.

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

An elegant premium wine where you can
taste the aging and the concentration of aromas and flavours. A blend of earthy varieties, fermented twice according to an ancient and unique method. This is the perfect wine to match a wintry roast
lamb or a soup. Drink like a king at a fraction of the cost!