About the wine maker
Gianni Martini is the President of Fratelli Martini, which as well as being one of Italy’s largest producers of wine, also owns and runs a number of small estates in his family’s home region of Piemonte. When asked about these estates, bottled under the Domini Villa Lanata label, it’s obvious that these wines give him great pleasure, as he says, ‘Italy’s extensive and centuries-old vineyards and wine regions give us an extraordinary number of resources to draw upon when we make our wines.’
The Villa Lanata Estate has been in the hands of the Martini family for over a century; the steep slopes in the surrounding Langhe hills are planted with Chardonnay for the villa’s wine.
To the east, the farmstead of La Doria and the much grander fortified villa of La Toledana are at the heart of the company’s Gavi production. The Gavi di Gavi wines from La Toledana are remarkable; it was here in the 1850s that the first Cortese vines were planted with the aim of producing a dry white.
The beautifully renovated farmstead of Lo Zoccolaio, situated to the south-east of the town of Barolo, is home to Villa Lanata’s Borolo production. Here, the vineyards slope to the south-west, perfect for ripening the Nebbiolo grapes, and the wine is aged; the cellar-master is particularly fond of the barrel signed by Sophia Loren!