Vezza, Piemonte. Demarie is a third-generation family owned and worked estate in Vezza d’Alba, just twenty minutes northwest of Barbaresco. It is in the heart of the ‘Roero’ where the terroir is not so different to its famed neighbours; Barolo and Barbaresco. The soils are a little lighter and even now mixed farming is common, the main crops being hazelnuts, vines, cereals and dairy. The regions’ post-war history has seen enormous change with a decline in the hazelnut sector and a rise in viticulture, this has been mirrored in the Demarie operation. The farm has fourteen hectares of vineyards in Vezza, Castagnito, Castellinaldo and Guarene. Arneis, Barbera and Nebbiolo are the most important grape varieties in that area, however there is also Brachetto, Moscato and Dolcetto, the family is fully committed to indigenous varieties. Brothers, Paolo and Aldo, are fortunate to have different skills; Aldo prefers the cellar and vineyards, Paolo likes the travel and the office. Both not only share a passion for wine but also for constant innovation, concentrating on environmental issues and projects involving their local community. We especially like their straightforward approach: the winery was built in 2013, it is modern and functional; the winemaking respects the history of the Roero; experience and ambition force constant improvement and change. The family rent a vineyard in Barolo and two in Barbaresco. Their love of Champagne has led to experimentation with sparkling wines made from Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Freisa, and they dabble with orange wines. These diversions have also had a significant influence on the core wine production, it is an excellent and constantly evolving operation.