Marina Coppi

Grop – Barbera Superiore Colli Tortonesi – 2017

Region: italy - piedmont

Marina Coppi

Francesco Bellocchio took over vineyard land his grandfather, Fausto Coppi, had owned in the Colli Tortonesi region of Piedmont. Personal drive runs in the family. Grandfather Fausto was one of Italy’s most famous cyclists. Francesco is driven to make the very best wines from local varieties at the winery named after Fausto’s daughter and Francesco’s mother, Marina Coppi.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The vineyard named GROP in the local Italian dialect refers to the calcareous and fossil-rich boulders characteristic of this area of vineyards. This cru vineyard is in Castellania, Colli Tortonesi.

  • Altitude: over 1250 feet/350 meters
  • Soil: Calcareous and argillous, stony – about 30% sand, 55% clay, 15% lime
  • Vine Planting Density: nearly 5000/ha
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Whole cluster pressed
  • Fermented in large oak barriques over  24 months using only indigenous yeast
  • Malolactic fermentation in same vessels
  • Bottled and aged 18 additional months
Winemaker's Notes

Saturated red-ruby. A marked, intense, fine nose of pomegranate, plum and sweet spice. This Barbera’s palate is soft yet full bodied with excellent balance, and a persistent finish.

Wine Summary

100% Barbera; alcohol: 14.5%; soils: cru vineyard in Castellania named for the boulders and marl of calcareous and argillous (clay); vines planted in 2003; hand harvested; whole cluster pressed; fermented in large oak barriques for 24 months; bottle aged for 18 months.

Technical Information
  • 100% Barbera
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.7 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1 g/l

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) DOC Colli Tortonesi
Proprietors Francesco Bellocchio
Founded 2003
Winemaker Francesco Bellocchio
Annual Production 2,083 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic, not certified