Ep. 550 Monty Waldin sits down with Marina Marcarino of Punset Winery & CEO of Vintesa ( A wine consorzium that began in 2004).
“Punset” is from the Piedmontese dialect meaning “beautiful hill.” The estate is located in Neive, in the heart of the Langhe area of Piedmont on top of a hill overlooking the historic capital. It was given the nickname by the Count of Neive to describe the view of their lands emerging by the autumn fog viewed from his castle.
During the 1980s Marina Marcarino took over the estate and began formally converting the property to organic farming, rejecting the use of all kinds of pesticide and chemical products. Her agronomic practices include minimal use of treatments based on copper and sulfur, preferring biodynamic preparations and embracing the philosophy of Manasobu Fukuoka, also called “agriculture of not doing.” Vineyards are kept green and there is a limited working of the soil with the ideal that the farm is perfectly integrated into nature.
Their estate has been owned by her family for four generations. However, before Marina formally became a winemaker, the family were making wine as a hobby. Originally, she was actually supposed to become an engineer because her parents wanted her to run the family construction company. However, as a child her grandmother would care for her at vineyards and a their farm, so, she ended up falling in love with farming in general at a young age. She wanted to be like her grandmother who was making wine in her spare time.
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