Andrew Guard


Az. Agr. Giovanni Rosso is a small, family-owned 12 hectare estate, located exclusively in the Serralunga d'Alba hamlet of Baudana, in the Barolo region. The Rosso family have been Serralunga d'Alba vineyard proprietors & grape growers since the 1890s before starting to bottle wine under the 'Giovanni Rosso' label in 1995.

Most of the estate's 7 parcels are centred on prime Serralunga marl, clay and sandstone soils at 430 metres; notably those of the precipitous, limestone-rich “La Serra” and deeper clay-rich “Cerretta”.

Davide's approach to viticulture is essentially organic . In the winery he follows a traditional line, with month-long wild yeast alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in small cement vats without temperature control. Gentler “remontaggio” is preferred to “delestaggio” to retain fruit purity. Affinamento/elevage takes place in 50 hl botte made from French Fontainebleau oak. Consequently the wines capture the essence of their terroir.

Recently Davide acquired the 2ha ’prime’ spot within one of Barolo’s most hallowed sites - Vigna Rionda. Davide calls it the Romanée-Conti of Barolo and it’s grapes are coveted. Davide’s uncle Tommaso Canale, who previously owned the vines, used to sell the fruit to none other than Bruno Giacosa who produced his iconic “Collina Rionda” from it and what was then one of the Italy’s greatest red wines.

Decanter Magazine ran a recent article called “Italy—Stars of Tomorrow” where they asked established and well respected winemakers to nominate a star of the future from their own region. Roberto Conterno of the celebrated Barolo producer Giacomo Conterno nominated Davide Rosso! “Davide Rosso has great respect for the vine and the land, making pure expressions of Nebbiolo”.

This is indeed a truly great source of wine that is picking up accolade after accolade in the press. The style is for elegant, perfumed wines with wonderful structure and complexity. One of my best estates.


Written by Andrew Guard — June 16, 2012