10:00 → 12:00
14:00 → 18:00
Saturday open by appointment
Beppe Marino winery is located halfway between two towns that link their names to Moscato d’Asti DOCG: Santo Stefano Belbo and Canelli and is located within the former Monastery of the Order of the Daughters of St Joseph.
This area straddling the Low Langhe and Monferrato is also considered the historical home of Barbera d’Asti DOCG and Nizza DOCG, obtained from the best Barbera d’Asti grapes.
This appellation was in fact created in 2014 and is governed by strict regulations that allow a high standard of production to be maintained.
A few steps from the birthplace of Cesare Pavese, the famous author from Langhe,in an authentic and sincere Langa context, capable of carving out more and more space among the areas most frequented by wine tourists, it is possible to visit the Beppe Marino winery, where Beppe is still the historical memory of his cellar.
Here you can rediscover almost forgotten local stories and learn about traditions and innovative choices linked to modernity, in a rural setting that has been a UNESCO heritage site since 2014.
A story that
begins in 1972
in Santo Stefano Belbo
The Beppe Marino company was founded between Langhe and Monferrato in the typical production area of the famous Moscato d'Asti
The company was founded in 1972 by the founder Beppe Marino who, having rediscovered his passion for the world of wine and availing himself of his business skills, reorganised his grandparents' vineyards, expanding their extension by purchasing new plots in neighbouring areas.
His winemaking activity began in Via Stazione, where the premises dedicated to the ageing of wines, barriques and tonneaux still stand today.
The countryside is concentrated in three locations near Santo Stefano Belbo where there are farmsteads that are still used today.
Family unity is the company's secret: in the 1970s, Beppe met and married Rosalba, originally from Nizza Monferrato, who brought her family's Barbera vineyards, located in Vinchio Vaglio Serra and Castelnuovo Calcea, as a dowry.
Leaving the running of the town's historic perfumery to her sister, Rosalba chose to assist her husband in working in the countryside and packaging the bottles.
Today, Beppe's son runs the company. Maurizio represents the second generation and, following in his father's footsteps, has opened up the company to modernity, expanding the range of wines and their distribution.
In 2016, Beppe Marino moved his production to the Monastery of the Daughters of Saint Joseph, where some rooms were already used by the nuns to make wine for mass.
Maurizio's future project is the start-up of an accommodation facility to welcome guests in a place steeped in history and a landmark for the Belbo Valley.
A journey through two wines typical of this territory: Moscato and Babera d'Asti
The first and historic Moscato d’Asti DOCG produced by Beppe Marino is Muray, a play on words coming from the Piedmontese mu (mulberry) and ray (rare). In times when the cultivation of mulberry trees was widespread close to the vineyards, the choice was made to grow Muscat grapes on these particularly suitable soils.
Muray is a wine that brings with it all the important characteristics of this grape variety: aromaticity, hints of honey, and acacia flowers.
A white wine capable of following the evolution of consumers’ tastes, matching desserts, as well as cocktails, aperitifs, cheeses and sweet-sour, and spicy dishes, such as those of Indian and Asian cuisine.
Organic Moscato d’Asti DOCG Santo Stefano comes from a vineyard left uncontaminated to protect the environment and is particularly suitable with traditional Piedmontese desserts such as chocolate bunet, dry pastries and zabaglione.
Its origins are based on the already existing Moscato d’Asti designation, but it is more closely linked to the Canelli territory from which it originates.
It is called Chapter One because it is from here that the the history of the company.
Memories of that dry sound of the grape breaking between the teeth, stolen from the bunch ready for the harvest. Of the smell of sugar filling the nose and the density of the juice that embraces the tongue.
Whether it is a memory or a new emotion, Canelli Muscat
gives the same sensation of biting into a juicy ripe bunch
Enriching the range of whites are Alta Langa DOCG Brut Metodo Classico Due Bollicine and two still wines, Piemonte DOC Chardonnay and Vino Bianco Parej, as it is known in the Piedmontese dialect.
The latter represents a leap into the past, when Moscato was drunk dry and is excellent with white meats, shellfish or desserts.
The two types of Barbera d’Asti
A special mention is due to the Barbera d’Asti DOCG in its two versions.
The Barbera d’Asti DOCG Pietre, once called Vigna delle Pietre due to the presence of marine fossils, goes well with any simply prepared dish, does not age in wood and is enjoyed pleasantly young.
The Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore Momparone, made from grapes harvested in the vineyards of Vinchio and Vaglio, is aged in steel tanks and perfected in barriques. It then rests in the bottle for one year.
A noble, full-bodied and well-structured wine to be enjoyed with important dishes: meat, game, mushrooms and autumn dishes.
Nizza DOCG Riserva Quattrofilari
Maurizio’s desire to bring something new to the company took concrete form with the production of Nizza DOCG Riserva Quattrofilari, vinified with grapes picked from the four northernmost and best exposed rows of the Momparone vineyard.
The yield per hectare is rather limited, but of high quality with about 4,000 to 5,000 bottles produced annually; an important wine, for meditation or to accompany traditional Piedmontese meat dishes.
Piemonte DOC Barbera Passito represents the desire to reinterpret Barbera according to an ancient tradition handed down in the Langhe and Monferrato and it goes equally well with meat-based main courses and cheeses.
It represents the desire to reinterpret Barbera according to an ancient tradition handed down in the Langhe and Monferrato.
Piemonte DOC Moscato Passito Albarosa bears the name of Rosalba, Beppe’s wife, to whom it is dedicated. It is made from Moscato grapes selected by her and dried on rows sheltered from the weather.
Barbera d'Asti DOCG Momparone Moscato d'Asti DOCG MurayPiemonte Brachetto DOC BramusaAsti Spumante DOCG Sorì ValentinoMoscato d'Asti DOCG BIO Santo StefanoMoscato Passito DOC Albarosa
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Visits & Tastings
During the visit you can meet Beppe Marino, founder of the company
The tasting begins under the outdoor canopy. Here, from August to the end of September, it is possible to observe the work carried out during the grape harvest and the arrival of the bunches of grapes in the trailers or placed in the special perforated boxes.
The Muscat grapes are immediately pressed to obtain the must, while the red grapes are separated from the stalks and crushed.
The reds ferment under the canopy in horizontal winemakers, the dry whites ferment in the temperature-controlled cellar.
The visitor then visitis the rooms that house the stainless steel tanks, the small barrique cellar and the bottling line. On the walls there are still sacred images in memory of the time when the nuns of the Monastery of the Daughters of St. Joseph produced wine for mass.
Tasting the must of Nizza or Moscato directly from the vats, in the very early stages of processing, allows subsequent comparisons to be made during the tasting.
The tasting is the most eagerly awaited moment of the visit. It takes place outside in the large garden, during the warm season, or in the tasting room.
It includes a tasting of five wines representative of the production.
Price per person: €25.00, reservation required on Saturdays and Sundays.
The winery today is located inside the Monastery of the Figlie di San Giuseppe (Daughters of St Joseph), a place rich in history
In 1875, Blessed Clemente Marchisio founded the congregation of the Figlie di San Giuseppe di Rivalba, a town in the province of Turin, with the aim of improving certain aspects of liturgical celebration.
In 1906, a group of nuns moved to Santo Stefano Belbo, continuing the production of Moscato da Messa, a sweet white wine needed by priests throughout Italy to officiate at liturgical services.
The nuns managed its production for over 100 years, assisted by the precious advice of an oenologist. In 2012, a lack of vocation led to the house being abandoned.
Since 2016, Beppe Marino has been its owner, continuing to produce, thanks to the authorization of the bishopric of Alba, the mass wines distributed throughout Italy.
The centre, also known as the Monastery of the Sisters of the White Wine, remains a symbol for this area, a place where spirituality, aggregation, charity and wine culture coexist.
Today there are 24 spiritual centres and houses around the world named after Blessed Clemente Marchisio.
The village of Santo Stefano Belbo between wine tourism and culture
The tasting includes a course of five representative wines.
Price → 25,00 € / person
10:00 → 12:00
14:00 → 18:00
Saturday open by appointment