The origins of Agricola Marrone date back over a century and through four generations where the family has focused on cultivating local grape varietals with a passionate commitment and dedication to the land.
In 1978 ‘Gianpi’ took over full management of Marrone and began a phase of expansion in the vineyards and the cellar space. His wife Giovanna, affectionately known as “Mamma Gio,” orchestrates private hospitality and is the kitchen director. For Giovanna, food is “tradition and Italian values that go hand with our wines.”
When Pietro Marrone was born in 1887, his father Edoardo was already producing wines. In 1910, at 23 years old, he asked his father to plant some vineyards. In the early 1920s/30s the winery began cultivating vineyards using techniques that were revolutionary at the time: reducing production yields to prioritize higher quality and avoiding sowing wheat between vine rows, a standard practice at the time. This decision was an early adoption of what eventually became known as modern cultivation practices widely used in the region today.
Since 2011 the winery has been run by “Tre Fie,” the three daughters of Gian Piero and Giovanna Marrone. Valentina is the winemaker, Serena runs marketing and business operations, and Denise is the hospitality heart and manager of the visitor programs and restaurant. The farm is run with minimal intervention in the vineyard, a philosophy that carries through from harvest to winemaking. The Marrone family pays careful attention to produce wines that are elegantly structured with the potential to evolve for decades.
The Bussia cru is one of the largest in the appellation, and it overlaps between the comuni of Barolo and Monforte d’Alba. Gian Piero Marrone’s 2015 Barolo Bussia shows pronounced, savory aromas of spice, leather and tar. There is dark fruit in there as well, with ample layers of plum, prune and blackberry. The wine offers a thin, mid-weight approach, but its bits and pieces are all in the right place. This is a near-term Barolo to drink within the next 10 years alongside delicate crackers and a liver pâté. 2022 – 2035
The Marrone Sisters’ 2015 Bussia is a splendid bottle of wine, as these fifty-five year-old vines have turned in a command performance in this vintage. The wine comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol and shows off beautiful purity in its aromatic constellation of cherries, orange peel, gamebird, a complex base of soil tones, camphor, a touch of fresh oregano, brown spices, roses and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused, complex and impressively transparent in personality, with a fine core of red fruit, ripe, buried tannins, bouncy acids and impeccable balance on the long, classy finish. This is a lovely example of Bussia! 2032 – 2085