MARCHESI ALFIERI, San Martino Alfieri
Marchesi Alfieri is a historic winery located in the San Martino Alfieri castle in the hills between Asti and Alba. Emanuela, Antonella and Giovanna San Martino di San Germano have been running the business since 1983, with Mario Olivero as head winemaker and director since 1999. The estate’s twenty-one hectares of vineyards produce 100,000 bottles a year.
Since 1616 the Alfieri, a noble family from Asti, have resided here and cultivated the land and the vineyards in the lovely hills between Asti and Alba. Their mission is simple - to produce structured, complex and elegant wines that express all the personality and character of the grapes cultivated in this area.
The wines get plenty of oak, but none of it new on the Tota. And wine-maker Mario Olivero has reduced the exposure to new barrels for the Alfiera, giving the wine about 45%, down from 90% in previous vintages: the resulting wine is splendid.