Marchesi Alfieri

Winemaker Mario Olivero
Location 📍 Piedmont, Italy
Size 21 hectares
Established in 1696
Grapes Barbera, Nebbiolo
Specificity Marchesi Alfieri is an historic winery located in the San Martino Alfieri castle in the hills between Asti and Alba.


Here’s an estate that has some proper history behind it, having been founded in 1696. And it is still Alfieri descendants (Emanuela, Antonella, and Giovanna) that own the property, with its castle and park, as well as the 21 hectares of vineyards (probably first planted in the 14th century). It is the Barbera grape that forms the backbone to the production, as is typical in the commune of Asti, giving two wines: (the anything but) ‘regular’ La Tota, and rich, opulent, single-plot Alfiera. And there’s also a superb Pinot Nero (Noir) called San Germano that could easily rival a Côte de Beaune.


Barbera d’Asti, La Tota, Marchesi Alfieri, 2018
There cannot be many better examples as to how Barbera can be every bit as significant as Nebbiolo.
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