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Furnari, a small town in the north-east of Sicily, ib the Messina province, lying on green hills upon which one can perceive the protection from the Sanctuary of Tindary and a superb view on the enchanting Aeolian Islands. In this blessed strip of land the Cambria Company was established in 1864. It was clear from the very beginning that between this beautiful area and the newborn company a deep alliance would commerce. Thanks to his strong passion for wine, Matteo started his great adventure.

It all began with the extraordinarily rich harvest that in 1864 kissed the small vineyard that the Cambria used to grow for themselves. Both quantity and quality of wine were so high that year that Matteo decided to sell the exceeding wine.

So they started off with the production of the first 100 bottles with the family brand.

It was the beginning of a happy story of love and business, whose roots can be found in the gentle hills of Furnari and whose path is warmed by the magical rays of the Sicilian sun.

When the company was handed over to Rocco, Matteo's first son, the production of the Cambria family increased. The company acquired new pieces of land. Rocco, who loved travelling, started importing new technologies for the cultivation of vines from America and other countries.

We are now in the fifties. In 1952 the company management was passed to Rocco's first son, Matteo.

The company went another step forward by adding other activities to the production of wine. Matte started looking after some other vineyards of other landowners in the province of Messina. The new patriarch made his own great contribution to the vine-growing business of the Furnari area in order to make it a flourishing activity.

This great development of the vine-growing sector pushed Matteo to create a production and bottling plant with another landowner.

It is in this period that Cambria produced some of its historic wines.

The owner's attitude to innovation became clear in his choice to start bottling a selection of red wine called "Mamertino", in collaboration with the Milazzo Experimental Winery, in 1961, with an alcohol content of 15% vol., a wine to drink after dinner or as a dessert wine, if aged.

At the same time the well-known 'Bazia' wines were produced, including two different kinds of wine: a light, straightforward wine, whose alcohol content did not exceed 14% vol, obtained from the vineyards located in the Furnari plain, and a well-structured wine, with an alcohol content higher than 18% vol, produced from the vineyards located on sundrenched hills at about 150 - 350 metres above sea level.

The 'Bazia' wines had a great success and their fame arrived far beyond the borders of Messina.

Always driven by great optimism and determination, Matteo decided to invest on a new automatic bottling plant in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in 1967. All wines produced in Furnari were therefore transported to Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, the town upon Longano, then to be sold all over Sicily.

Cambria - Origins
Cambria - Origins
Cambria - Origins
Cambria - Origins
Cambria - Origins
Dolcetto Bazia 1973
Mamertino 1961
La I bottiglia di Casa Cambria - Vendemmia 1864
Cambria - Origins
Furnari 1922
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