Marchesi Alfieri – Family, nobility and barbera


    Vineyard, fog, castles…and unforgettable wines. Piedmont is the land where nobility, agriculture, and great winemaking always lived together.
    Since 1337, the Alfieri family‘s archives talk about “vineati a philari” (vineyards planted in rows): nowadays, the estate’s beautiful “sorì”, (sunny slopes in Piemontese dialect), planted with 70-year-old vines, are still producing grapes of the highest quality. A total of 21 hectares is planted with vines, of which 16 hectares are Barbera with and the rest divided between Pinot Nero, Grignolino and Nebbiolo.


    The Alfieri family run the estate since 1616. Lords of San Martino, they have linked their names to the history of Piedmont and Italy, being related to Camillo Benso di Cavour, who improved the wine-growing in Piedmont and introduced the Pinot Noir grape to San Martino. In 1982, the Marquis Casimiro San Martino di San Germano, the Alfieri family cousin, receives the property relaunching wine production. Today, his three daughters Emanuela, Antonella, and Giovanna run the estate, with Mario Olivero as head winemaker and director since 1999.


    The elegance of these 3 ladies reflects in the style of the wines and in the impeccable way they welcome guests from all over the world. At the foot of the castle, a carefully restored little eighteenth-century village houses an “Albergo Diffuso” with rooms scattered in different buildings of the property.

    Here the Marchesi Alfieri’s Selection in our portfolio,
    available in New York and New Jersey:

     marchesi alfieri alfiera ALFIERA
    Barbera D’Asti Superiore DOCG
    Ruby red, dark and impenetrable to the eye. It has an intense aroma of ripe berries and plums with hints of vanilla and cocoa notes. Full flavored, full bodied and smooth, with a long and fruity finish. It increases in complexity with 2-3 years of bottle aging and it reaches the highest expression after 10 years. It is best paired with red meats, and medium to long aged cheeses.
     Marchesi Alfieri La Tota LA TOTA
    Barbera D’Asti Superiore DOCG
    Deep ruby red color with purple veins. It has intense and vinous aroma with notes of ripe plum and lightweight oak vanilla. Its taste is full, dense, and smooth with a good balance between the notes of spices, the vanilla of the wood and red fruit. It evolves well for 5-6 years in the bottle. It pairs well with many foods from pasta to red and white meat, to medium-aged cheeses.
     Marchesi Alfieri Sansoero SANSOERO
    Piemonte Grignolino DOC
    Light ruby red color. It is a delicate wine with a characteristic fragrance of violet, rose and raspberry. It is full body, with delicate tannins and a pleasant almond finish. It is best paired with appetizers, meats, pasta, white meats and fish baked or smoked.