The Punset Winery is located the heart of the Piemonte district of Italy, on a hilltop overlooking the historic village of Neive. The Winery's name comes from the Piedmont's dialect and history, which says that the Counts of Neive gave this nickname to the roundish peak they admired through the mists from their castle, where the winery and vineyards are located today.
The property, has been owned by the Marcarino family for many years: it was about year 1964 that the Punset winery decided to sell its wines in shops and restaurants. Up to this period the wines were made only for family use.
Today the winery is run by Marina Marcarino, who is one of a few female wine makers which first started this activity in Piedmont; she is making the winery one of the top producers of the area.
Marina had a deep connection to the land from a young age as she grew up watching her grandfather make the family
wines as a hobby. He was a builder by trade and ran the family construction business, and Marina might have followed a different path altogether if both he and her cousin, who was slated to take over the family business, had not both died suddenly in 1982. She didn't particularly like construction, but was next in line, so she decided to take over the winery instead and make a go of it.
This connection to the land was further strengthened through university studies in 1982 which exposed her to organic farming, and shaped her philosophy to one of valuing authenticity and mutual respect for the land. Punset is the only winery in the area that has totally converted to organic methods, starting in 1987. Marina's determination and dedication despite early setbacks, has seen the business flourish and produce the wonderful wines we can enjoy today.
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