Uncle Renato leafs through a notebook written by great-grandfather Giovanni.
A series of dates stands out between the beautifully handwritten lines.
1896 was the year in which the family business was established.
As was customary in the Langhe, production was initially mixed: fruit, vegetables, livestock farming and bulk wine sales.
Grandfather Giuseppe, great-grandfather Giovanni’s son, contributes to the birth of a wine protection consortium – the organisation now known as Consorzio di Tutela Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe, Dogliani – and starts selling a small amount of bottled wine for the first time.
Hardly an easy and risk-free acquisition. Grandfather Giuseppe falls in love with Vigna Rionda and completes the purchase of a small portion of the land. The operation requires an exchange. In order to obtain the plot, Giuseppe has to give up one twice the size. Unquestionably a gamble, but also an act of faith and proof of foresight.
The strong link with Serralunga is consolidated: our estate begins to expand, with the purchase of the Crus that will enrich the family vineyards. The first is Parafada.
The campaign to expand Vigna Rionda continues, with the family’s acquisition of new land parcels.
The first Barolo DOCG Vigna Rionda Riserva leaves the cellar, destined for the tables of wine lovers. This is a dream come true. The estate is run by the third generation of the family: after Giovanni and his son Giuseppe, Renato, Giovanni and Camilla continue to uphold the tradition.
Massolino purchases new parcels of Vigna Rionda. This is the most important annexation in terms of extension.
We purchase the last parcel of Vigna Rionda, completing our current land ownership on this hill. This is an important consolidation of our presence in one of the most famous areas of the entire Barolo production zone.
Siblings Franco, Roberto and Paola, the fourth generation of the Massolino family, begin working for the winery.
The purchase of the Parussi Cru completes the range of Barolo offered by Massolino Vigna Rionda. This addition contributes to broadening the horizons of our production beyond the borders of Serralunga d’Alba.
The new cellar takes shape right in front of the historic family home in the centre of Serralunga d’Alba. A place where there is also space to meet those who want to further their knowledge of our wines. Tasting and hospitality complete the picture of Massolino Vigna Rionda today.
Our adventure in the prestigious hills of Barbaresco finally begins. 2019 marks the birth of two new labels which tell the story of our commitment to one of the most important wines of our territory.