Marco Capra

Piemonte

Overview

The Sanmarco estate is located in the hilltop region of Santo Stefano Belbo, on the Seirole hill between the Langhe and Monferrato districts. The winery manages 18 hectares of vineyards in the municipalities of Santo Stefano Belbo, Treido, and Costigliole d’Asti. Established in 1945 by Tommasco Capra, the estate was then handed down to his son Luciano, and later his grandson, Marco Capra, who manages the estate today.

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Until the end of the early 1980’s, the Sanmarco estate mainly produced  wines for the wholesale market within Italy in traditional demijohns. When Marco Capra took over the estate in 1999, he brought with him new energy for the family’s property. His passion for working with indigenous varieties, combined with his dedication to quality in all processes from the vine to the bottle, have allowed him to promote innovation while observing his family’s tradition for quality.

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Terroir

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Piedmonte is renowned for its traditional, indigenous grape varieties, including Nebbiolo, Moscato, Barbera, and Dolcetto. Marco Capra believes that the land of Piedmonte best expresses the grapes that are indigenous to the region, most specifically in single varietal expressions. He chooses to work with traditional varietals, such as Barbera and Moscato, as well as lesser known indigenous varieties like the white wine grape Nascetta, which is indigenous to the Langhe region.

The vines of Sanmarco are treated with meticulous care in order to limit yields, and defensive treatments are carried out using products with the least possible environmental impact. Harvest for the white wine grapes begins in early September, and the harvest closes by mid October with the Nebbiolo that is used in Sanmarco’s rose. All of the grapes are harvested by hand into small, perforated crates. All of the  phonological phases and operations in the vineyard are supervised by Agronomist Angelo Cortese.

Winemaking

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The San Marco wines are made under the careful eye of Marco Capra, along with his team of consulting enologists: Dante Scaglione, who is also the consulting winemaker at Bruno Giacosa, and Daniela Serra.

Due to the vast differences in winemaking techniques employed for each varietal, please refer to the below PDFs for specific information on each wine’s vinification process.