Marchesi di Barolo
- Country: Italy
- Region: Piedmont
The Marchesi di Barolo estate encompasses approximately 430 acres of vineyards in the Langhe, some of the finest in Piedmont, including the prestigious Cannubi cru. The cellars are located in the village of Barolo, overlooking the Renaissance castle of the Marchesi Falletti di Barolo.
Barolo as we know it today was first made in the early 19th century by the Marchese Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo and his wife, Giulia. The wine from their estate soon became known as “the wine from
Barolo”, served at important diplomatic and royal functions. The Marchesi had no children and following the death of the couple, the Marchesi di Barolo dynasty was left without an heir. Per the wishes of Marchesa Giulia, a great philanthropist, the family assets were donated to charity and a non-profit foundation was created in their name, “Opera Pia Barolo”, helping the most needy of nearby Torino. The sales of wine from their Barolo vineyards continue to fund the charity, which still exists today. In 1929, local winemaker, Pietro Abbona purchased the cellars formerly owned by the Marchesi and eventually acquired all their vineyard holdings as well.
Today, Marchesi di Barolo remains a family business. Since 2006, the estate has been under the direction of Pietro’s great-grandson and fifth-generation winemaker, Ernesto Abbona and his wife Anna, who have inherited a longstanding winemaking tradition and a love of the vineyards and its wines.
The Abbona family controls a total of 430 acres of UNESCO World Heritage vineyards, of which:
185 acres are estate-owned, encompassing,
• 185 acres are estate-owned
-53 acres in the commune of Barolo including its most prestigious vineyards: Cannubi (11 acres), Sarmassa (8 acres), Coste di Rose (4 acres), Paiagallo (5 acres), and Ravera (1.5 acres)
-50 acres in other communes in Barolo (La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte), 2.5 acres in Diano d’Alba, 5 acres in Barbaresco (Serragrilli and Bordini), 25 acres in the Roero and 49.5 acres in the Monferrato area
• 245 acres are farmed by family and friends (30+ year relationships)