Marchesi Alfieri

Ex-Col d’Orcia winemaker Mario Olivero has revitalised this historic estate. Superb vineyard, highly refined winemaking and total belief in Barbera are the keynotes. Alfiera is the splendid top wine. Look also for the super-value Barbera La Tota and a serious Pinot Nero called San Germano. DECANTER

Located in the hills between Asti and Alba, Marchesi Alfieri is one of the most impressive estates in Piedmont, boasting its own castle atop the highest point in the village of San Martino Alfieri and commanding views over the surrounding countryside which includes the estate’s 24 hectares of vines. The main game here is Barbera d’Asti and under the stewardship of winemaker, Mario Olivero, the estate has made a reputation for modern-styled wines that still preserve the varietal character and regional typicity.