Marcarini is at its fifth generation and busily preparing the sixth: the three junior family members, whose familiarity with the cellar and vineyards bodes well for the future. Their task-juggling parents, Luisa & Manuel Marchetti, have been in charge of Luisa’s family winery since 1990, with Manuel responsible for sales & promotions, Luisa orchestrating the wines with consultant enologist Armando Cordero. Founded by Luisa’s great-great-great-grandfather, the estate was the very first in the area to designate single vineyards on its labels – as early as the 1950s! In fact, one of Marcarini’s superb, historical crus is pre-Phylloxera Boschi di Berri, whose Dolcetto vines are the oldest in Italy (over 150 years old), on 100% indigenous rootstock. The Marchettis’ varietal map is exclusively native: grape types born and bred in this breathtaking sea of vine-veined hills called Langhe. The Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo are grown within the estate’s original nucleus, high on the rolling terroir of La Morra: two celebrated, contiguous crus, Brunate and La Serra, close to the Marcarini home and winery. The building itself, adjoining a medieval tower, goes back to the 1700s: the cool, ancient underground cellars and their protective shade provide an ideal ambience for the King of Wines’ classic élevage. Classic, in fact, is a key word in the Marcarini philosophy, ideally poised between traditional and modern: the wines are characterized by both a voluptuous, embracing style (even the young Barolo is seductive, surprisingly drinkable in its earliest days), and the superb longevity and blockbuster structure of Piedmont’s best. Full respect for their noble heritage goes hand in hand with respect for the soil. The exceptional vineyards, all estate-owned, are the true heart of the winery. Their names alone speak volumes: Brunate and La Serra at La Morra; Sargentin at Neviglie, quintessence of Moscato country; Muschiavino and a second La Serra vineyard at Montaldo Roero. The superb locations, steepness of the slopes and nature of the terrain, exposure to the sunlight, exceptional microclimate, are not only conducive to top wines, but to non-aggressive, natural vineyard management. The vineyards themselves cover 42 acres of the estate’s total 62 (i.e. 17 and 25 hectares respectively).
Nearly 25 acres (10 hectares)