Maretto, Asti, Piemonte
The Agritourism farm and Winery Crotin 1897 was born a few kilometers away from Asti in the village of Maretto and on the hills of Monferrato. The existence is mainly based on the production of DOC wines, that come from the winery’s own grapevines. These are cultivated according to the organic farming standards. The soil is multilayered and rich in silt, tuff, clay and fossils. The vines are trained on vertical trellis, with Guyot-pruning. The altitude ranges between 270 meters (885 feet) and 396 meters (1300 feet).
Crotin 1897 is managed by the four members of the family, Daniela and her three sons.
Daniela is an animal veterinarian, specializing in homeopathic and natural medicine.
After living in a seaside, southern Italian town in Calabria for many years, they decided to move back to Piemonte to explore their passion for agritourism and open up Crotin 1897. Their great grandfather had originally bought the property but only a small parcel of land came with it. When Daniela and her sons took over, they purchased more vineyards in the surrounding area. Their first vintage was in 2002. In 2014 they started with the transition to organic farming. Since 2018 the vineyard and winery are certified organic. One quarter of the production is dedicated to Barbera d'Asti, which is the most important wine for Crotin. The other red grape varieties are Grignolino and Freisa. Their white wine Bianco 'Plisun', made from the Busanello grape is unique, as the Russo brothers are the only producer in the world making a 100% Busanello (a grape variety that is a crossing of Welschriesling and Furmint).
The three sons, Federico, Marcello and Corrado, now manage the production on the farm, wine making, the restaurant and the bed and breakfast. Maretto has only 300 residents and Crotin 1897 is the only winery there.
The property size has a total of 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of vineyards with an annual production of about 40,000 bottles.