Le Marie

Barge,, Piemonte

Le Marie is a small family cellar worked by owners Valerio Raviolo and his wife Luigina alongside both their children Daniele and Simona. The land is farmed on environmentally-friendly principles and the wines draw from the incredibly long history of viticulture in these hills.

Pinerolese is a forgotten region, but this was not always the case. It was renowned in the middle ages when the wines of Monte Viso and Monte Bracco were documented for their quality by none less than Leonardo Da Vinci at far back as 1511. 

There is even documentation from 1203 that testifies to the merit and fame of the region’s wine.  At that time the area was known as Eyssart; and Valerio’s wine, 'Lissart', made from an ancient and unusual grape variety, Malvasia Moscato, pays homage to this history.

The Raviolo's ten hectares of vineyards lie at an altitude of between 400 and 450 meters. The soils are red clay on schist, rich in rare and precious minerals. The low PH of the soils and the marginal climate cause stress to the vines and the results are remarkable: fresh and bright flavours, quite unique and unlike any other wines found in Piemonte.