The history of the Massolino family farm is closely intertwined with the history of the medieval village of Serralunga d'Alba. Giovanni Massolino brought electricity to the village of 500 people and founded his winery in 1896. Giovanni's son Giuseppe built a wine cellar on the farm together with his sister Angela, expanding the orchard areas of the family business to the best plots in the village. Three of Giovanni's six children, Giovanni, Camilla and Renato, decided to continue the family business and acquired the top plots Margheria, Parafada and Vigna Rionda, for which Massolino's name is best known today. Massolino owns up to 2.5 hectares of the famous Vigna Rionda, making him the largest landowner in the shelter.
In the 1990s, the brothers Franco and Roberto, who represent the fourth generation, took over the management of the family farm after studying to become oenologists at their company. The brothers bought one more cru vineyard for themselves, Parussi in Castiglione Falletto, and built a new cellar in the village of Serralunga d'Alba. Following the family traditions, the brothers also brought a wealth of new ideas to the farm in relation to garden care and winemaking.
Serralunga d'Alba is located at a height of more than 400 meters above sea level. Massolino has 22 hectares of shelters in the village area, in addition to which there is a 1.3-hectare shelter area in Castiglione Falletto. Grapes from other farmers are not used in the production of the farm's wines. The nurseries are worked with extreme precision all year round, limiting the amount of yield produced by the vines. The wine cellar is built so that the wines are allowed to mature in optimal conditions underground. The wines are allowed to mature for a long time in large and old Slavonian oak barrels before they are released to the market. The combination of modern understanding and traditional methods produces wines that are highly valued all over the world.
The brothers never run out of ideas and dreams. In 2013, they bought a few plots in Monforte d'Alba, where they planted Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Riesling and Chardonnay. As their latest project, the brothers rented a few plots of land in Neive, in the Barbaresco area. The idea is to produce two different wines from the orchards, so we eagerly await the results of this project.
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