Zema Estate Pty Ltd

+61 (8) 8736 3219 Riddoch Highway
Coonawarra, SA 5263
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Grape growing and winemaking has been a large part of our family’s history since the early 1800’s when Demetrio Zema’s great grandfather Matteo opened the first wine bar/tavern in Armo, Reggio Calabria in 1835 much to the angst of the local authorities. Although the tavern no longer exists the vineyard remains and it is this legacy accompanied by a passion for wine that has been passed down from generation to generation. It was in the early 1950’s in the village of Armo, Italy when Demetrio and Francesca began a love affair that would last not only more than fifty years, but also cross two continents. Soon after becoming engaged, the young couple was separated as Francesca and her family, left Italy to escape the aftermath of war and to seize the opportunities that a strange and peaceful new country ‘Australia’ offered. At the time of Francesca’s departure the couple had an understanding that she would return to Italy to marry Demetrio. Upon arriving in Coonawarra Australia, Francesca’ Read more »

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