Barolo `Margheria`



  • Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016


This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. Since...

1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards that the Massolino family owns in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba - the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo wines.

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The 1.7 hectare Margheria vineyard is at an altitude of 340 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly limestone with a fair percentage of sand. The vines are 25 years old on average and are Guyot trained, with 5,300 vines per hectare.

Vintage Information

Winter started mild, with temperatures as high as 15°C up until the end of January, when they dropped below 0°C and heavy snowfall created good water reserves. Vegetative recovery occurred later than usual due to the temperatures. Spring started out cool and wet in March and April. May was warmer but still wet, with rainfall and high temperatures accelerating the vegetative growth. Rainfall continued in June as flowering was taking place, resulting in reduced berry set. From the end of June, summer was marked by low rainfall and medium-high temperatures, which reached their peak at 38°C in the second half of August. Harvest took place in October. The quality and quantity of the phenolic substances in the grapes promised well-structured, ageworthy wines.


Fermentation and maceration lasted for around 15 days at temperatures between 31-33°C. The wine was aged in traditional large oak barrels for at least 30 months, followed by a further year in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Traditional in style yet fresh, structured and accessible. The sandy soils lend fruitiness and elegance to the resulting wine and the combination of traditional vinification and modern technology creates a wine which is not only accessible in its youth, but will also age extremely well. The acidity and tannins characteristic of the Nebbiolo grape are tempered by Massolino's winemaking skills, producing a wine with wonderful liquorice and rose petal aromas, typical of great Barolo, together with soft, ripe fruits.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Franco & Roberto Massolino
Alcohol (ABV) 14%