Marco's grandfather, Giuseppe, founded the family's petite Piedmont estate in the small village of Montelupo Albese in the 1950s, planting his vineyards in the 1960s. In 1985 Marco breathed fresh life into the property by replanting (to a greater density) those early vineyards, updating the family's cellar and re-focusing the estate on Piedmont’s traditional native varietals, Barbera and Dolcetto.

Marco is a tireless worker, managing the entire estate practically by himself. He neither fines nor filters his wines, preferring (as we do) that every bit of fruit from the fields finds its way into every bottle.

Destefanis' "Bricco Galluccio" vineyard, located on some of the region's steepest hillsides, produces a Dolcetto with bright, fresh fruit aimed at early consumption and aged exclusively in tank. Old vines, some 60 years or more, give concentrated, lush and endlessly deep flavors for "Monia Bassa," a special single-vineyard wine that is aged a few months in older barrels for extra complexity.

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