Grower Website Marrone Region: italy - piedmont

The origins of Agricola Marrone date back over a century and through four generations. The family is focused on cultivating local grape varietals with a passionate dedication to the land.

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.

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.”

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.

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) Barolo DOCG; Langhe DOC
Proprietors Gian Piero Marrone
Founded 1887
Winemaker Valentina Marrone
Annual Production 4600 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic

The vineyards are the heart of the Marrone property and great care is taken to ensure that the highest quality grapes are harvested vintage after vintage. The vineyards are managed with the aim of creating an ecological system that allows the vines to enjoy the best possible living conditions.

The use of herbicides is avoided completely. Instead, specific mechanical tools are utilized to help the vine defend itself from pests while aerating the soil at the same time. The Marrone family does their best to minimize the leaching of the soil during storms that would otherwise strip the soil of precious mineral elements. Only organic (strictly selected) fertilizers are used to enable the soil to maintain the natural microflora that is essential to the life of the vine.

All vineyard management operations are carried out exclusively by hand. Pruning is done is a way that helps to strengthen the individual vine and is followed by hand training the shoots. Thinning is the next step, which sacrifices part of the production to concentrate on the best bunches. Selective hand harvesting into perforated crates means the grapes to reach the cellar in perfect condition.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area acres
Barbera D’Alba Carlot barbera 1988 White marl clayey-calcareous, fine limestone, alternated by compact layers of sandstones 4.12
Barolo DOCG nebbiolo 1985 La Morra, Tortonian soil: more compact calcerous marl soil mixed with sand, rich in magnesium and manganese resulting in more perfumed, gentle, softer wines; Castiglione Falletto, Helvetian soil: looser calcerous marl, with sandstone, limestone and high levels of iron which converts into a richer colour, bolder wines, structure and a stronger tannin, more power than the west side. 5.24
Barolo Pichemej nebbiolo 1975 Monforte d’Alba: clayey marls with a high percentage of sand; La Morra, Tortonian soil: more compact calcerous marl soil mixed with sand, rich in magnesium and manganese resulting in more perfumed, gentle, softer wines. The softness of La Morra is blended with potent tannins, structure and full body of Monforte. The latter is more laydown/wait and has extreme longevitiy; it is full richness in the mouth 2.1
Barolo Bussia nebbiolo 1960 Clayey marls with a high percentage of sand with a particularly homogeneous soil with low permeability. Elvetian soil, from the formation period of grey yellow sands. 1.26
Dolcetto D’Alba Superiore Carlot dolcetto 1965 Mainly clay-calcareous soil with a fair amount of organic substance. The slightly reddish color of the soil is due to the iron oxidation present in the rocks that formed it some millions of years ago. 1.18
Langhe Arneis Tre Fie arneis 1975 These hills, of recent geological formation, have on the surface a large mainly calcareous soil, with a high presence of quartz sand and very fine lime, alternating with compact layers of gray sandstone. 5.3