Massolino is one of the great and most recognised Barolo producers, with a rich history of supreme winemaking. The winery’s genesis began in 1896 with Giovanni Massolino and today his greatgrandsons continue running the Estate under the guidance of Giuseppe their grandfather and Franco their father. The upshot is that their vineyards boast old vines cultivated boy to man by generations of the same family. Today Giovanni and Renato, the current guardians, share experiences and approaches with their ancestors, synthesising the old with the new; adhering to tradition and experimenting with modern developments.
Since 1994 Franco undertook a subtle transformation, marrying modern variation with tradition, something that sets him apart from the majority of Barolo producers today. Massolino’s Barolos combine a classic style and structure with modern purity of flavour, creating delineated fruit profiles resulting in robust Barolos that age and improve beautifully in bottle. This style is also dictated by the nature of the vineyards sited in Serralunga d’Alba, 320-360 metres above sea level, a village that produces superlative, structured and long-lived Barolos. Here the soils date back to Helvetian era, and have plenty of tightly packed sandstone, which produces a bigger style of wine, with the defining Serralunga flavours of rose petal, tar, earth and mushroom. The wine is fermented and macerated for 15 days at 31-33 ºC, a deep extraction, then aged in large oak casks for 30 months, followed by a year in bottle before release. The Estate is famed for their four single vineyards: Parafada, Margheria, Riserva Vigna Rionda and Parussi and their exemplary generic Massolino Barolo Serralunga d’Alba.