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9 Aug 2011

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 84): Davide Rosso, Giovanni Rosso

Located in the Serralunga d’Alba in the famous Barolo wine region of Italy is the small family-run winery, Giovanni Rosso. The vineyards have been in the Rosso family since the end of the 19th century, but it was only in 1998 when Davide Rosso took over the business that they began to produce their own wine.

Today Giovanni Rosso produce a limited production of Barolo wines from the Nebbiolo grape. The 12-hectare site, covers special terroirs: the limestone-rich La Serra and clay-rich Cerreta. Davide Rosso points out that this mineral-rich soil is what affects the quality of the wine and allows it to mature well. Davide, who learnt about winemaking in Burgundy, is passionate about using mostly organic methods with no herbicides or pesticides. In addition to respecting the soil, Rosso uses traditional methods to make his wines, allowing them to ferment in their skins for 30 days in cement vats without temperature control, which he believes allows the flavour of the terroir permeate the grapes.The result is a complex and elegant yet soft Barolo which Rosso believes is the perfect accompaniment to rich Chinese food.

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