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Vigne Marina Coppi `Castellania` Barbera


Vigne Marina Coppi

Vigne Marina Coppi was established in 2003 in the town of Castellania, the birthplace of Marina‘s father Fausto, one of the greatest cyclists of the 20th century...

The family has taken the traditional heritage of the area and applied a modern approach in the winery to produce wines of excellent quality. The estate has concentrated on the native varieties of Timorasso, Favorita, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Croatina and works on a small scale with four hectares of vineyard to ensure the quality of the vines shows through. Parents Marina and Giovanni work closely with son Francesco and his wife Anna, using sustainable methods in the vineyard and employing great expertise in the winery.

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The vineyards are situated mid-slope at 400 metres in a sheltered position which is protected from the cold northerly winds and, therefore, benefit from an ideal micro-climate. There are marked diurnal temperature differences, as well as distinct seasonal differences, and one of the lowest rainfalls in Piedmont. The soil comprises clay, limestone and sandy deposits and is grey/light blue in colour, called Marl of Sant’Agata. It is made up of 30% sand, 55% clay and 15% limestone. This was the first wine produced by the winery in 2005 and is named after the village where Vigne Marina Coppi is based.


The grapes were hand-harvested into 18-20kg crates. After cushing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled (25-27°C) stainless steel tanks with maceration lasting approximately 10 days. Remontage and punching down took place, and after an intial racking off the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 10 months in stainless steel then 12 months in barrel before bottling, where it remained for a minimum 8 months before release.

Tasting Notes

This is a densely-coloured wine, with an intense ruby hue. The bouquet is lifted and elegant with notes of red fruit and floral perfumes. The palate is balanced with great structure and acidity that is well-integrated. This is a wine that will continue to improve with time.

Vintage information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Barbera
Region Piemonte
Winemaker Francesco Bellocchio
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6.5g/l
Residual Sugar 1.9g/l
Wine pH 3.5