The original family estate of famed Isole e Olena vigneron Paolo de Marchi, in Alto-Piedmont.
Proprieta’ Sperino was established in the 19th century by Casimiro Sperino, an ophthalmologist and military doctor with a passion for winemaking. His son, Felice, took up the reins and contributed considerable research to the battle against phylloxera. The estate passed to the De Marchi family, who all but abandoned it until 1999, when Paolo De Marchi and his son Luca revived the castle and cellars.
The Nebbiolo grape reigns supreme in this woodsy district. It’s grown without herbicides or chemical fertilizers; rather, they house millions of California red earthworms to turn manure into nutrient-rich humus. The grapes are hand-harvested, hand-sorted, and fermented in broad, open, wooden casks. The result is wine that uniquely expresses the nobility of the Nebbiolo grape, for which Piedmont is famed.