About the Winery
Tucked in the heart of of Barolo, the commune of Serralunga d’Alba is home to rich sandstone soil known for giving a unique structure to thin-skinned Nebbiolo. Said to grow fruit on some of the “finest soils in the world,” the winery Giovanni Rossi, like many of Piedmont’s great producers, has had their hands in the vineyards since the 1890s. Giovanni Rosso developed their expertise, in the region by producing terroir-driven red wines at their small, family-owned cantina. What they call their traditional cascina, or farmhouse, sits atop the vineyards and is home to the offices and every aspect of the winemaking from fermentation to labeling. With passion clearly driving the winery, it is a delight to have Giovanni Rosso in the portfolio at Massanois.
Winemaker Davide Rosso closely followed in his father, Giovanni’s footsteps to maintain the family’s legacy. After studying oenology and serving as an apprentice in Burgundy, Davide returned to Serralunga to restructure the vineyards with two goals in mind: high quality fruit and maximum expression of terroir. The winemaking follows organic practices and harvesting and vine maintenance are all done by hand. Microclimates also play a big role in production; Davide focuses on the soil, altitude, exposure and plant growth cru by cru.
In Davide’s cantina, his wines undergo alcoholic and malolactic fermentation for a month utilizing wild yeast and cement vats, avoiding temperature control. The fruit’s purity shows the elegance and power of the individual terroir in each of the producer’s offerings. Heralded by his peers as one Piedmont’s brightest rising stars, Davide’s winemaking also appeals to the critics, and his wines continue to regularly appear as top-rated in international publications.
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