Marengo

Region: Piemonte
Proprietor(s): Marco Marengo
Winemaker(s): Beppe Caviola

Winery Info

This is a unique estate: it was established by the Marengo family in 1899 and now Marco manages it, very successfully, totally on his own after his father Mario passed away in 2001.

The vineyard extension is just 6 hectares, but 1 hectare is in Le Brunate, a grand cru of La Morra (and one of the greatest crus of the Langhe area) and 0.90 hectares are in Bricco delle Viole, one of the main crus of the town of Barolo. These two plots have belonged to the Marengo family for three generations. The first vintage of Barolo to be bottled with Le Brunate on the label was 1974 while Barolo Bricco Viole was labelled as such starting from the 1997 vintage.

The philosophy of Marco is to respect what the vineyards give him as much as possible, the work in the vines is more important to him than the work in the cellar. In fact, he follows natural agricultural practices: spontaneous grass cover is left on the aisles, only sulphur and copper base products are sprayed, the vineyards are tended by hand (except for topping of the vines which is done with a machine). In the cellar only SO2, and very little of it, is added to the wines, wild yeasts are responsible for the alcoholic fermentation, no selected strains of bacteria are used to start up malolactic, the wines are not clarified nor filtered. The wines age in French oak barriques, of which only 15-20% are new so as to maintain the fruit.

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