Francesco Antonio Zecca, agricultural entrepreneur born in Naples, moves to the fertile lands of Leverano.
Substantial trade with France, England, Sweden and Denmark. During this period of time, Salento was a pre-eminent European wine-growing region and the export of grapes and wine sold in bulk was one of the main financial resources of the Bourbon kingdom.
The Zecca family played a propulsive role in the development of the territory earning them titled-nobility status when Pope Leone LEO XIII bestowed the title of Count upon Giuseppe.
Giuseppe’s children, Alcibiade and Giuseppa marry descendants of the ducal family Taurisano Lopez and Royo.
Alcibiade experiments with the first bottling methods and produces the first bottles of red wine named Saraceno, after the same estate.
The Zecca family’s noble title is recognised throughout the Kingdom of Italy.
Alcibiade founds a modern and efficient cellar in Leverano.
Alcibiade’s son, Giuseppe, reforms the colony control system, modernises the cellar and acquires the necessary machinery for the independent management of the entire production cycle. The first Conti Zecca wine label is born: Donna Marzia.
Generational transfer of management to brothers Zecca Alcibiade, Francesco, Luciano and Mario, current owners.