Musso

Region:         Piedmont

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Site: http://mussobarbaresco.it/eng/

 
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BACKGROUND
 

The Musso winery founded in 1929 coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy and the world, the year of the “Great Depression”. In those years it was difficult just to manage everyday life and to pool resources for survival. Yet, Sebastiano Musso, born in 1906, did not lose heart. Even with the untimely death of his father, he found the strength to fight back and establish a small winery in Barbaresco.

Beginning with little more than one hectare, he continued the work of the family, cultivating the vineyards and producing his own wine. The following years were very difficult, yet he managed to survive making wine and selling it, overcoming the difficulties and distances.

In the sixties his son Augusto, returned home to look after and follow the family business. With his return, Augusto brought the enthusiasm of youth. The winery benefited and in the following years. Sebastian and Augusto expanded their vineyards with the purchase of a plot on the hill of Pora and an entire farm in Rio Sordo.

Today, the stars are still the men and their generations. They work in total synergy, highlighting the capabilities of each. Valter Musso, a young winemaker joined the family winery in the mid-eighties; now a mature man heads of the winery. with the help and support of his son Emanuele and grandson Luca Accornero.

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The Terroir

The vineyards, about 10 hectares in all, located mainly in the hills of Barbaresco. They were planted with traditional varieties of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa , along with the universal Chardonnay. Musso ‘s vineyards are located in four of the most prestigious crus of Barbaresco: Pora, Rio Sordo, Ronchi and Cavanna.

THE CELLAR  

The entrance of Barbaresco, Via Domitius Cavazza 5, is still the home of the Musso Winery. There in the cellar where the grapes are vinified, aged, and when ready bottled for final aging. The bottle then assumes the final look, the elegant label that will accompany the wine its the way to the market .

Each step is performed in a dedicated environment, using the most appropriate containers to give the best quality to each wine. Steel tanks are used for vinification, wooden casks of various sizes, dedicated space in the cellar the maturation of the wine and the aging in the bottle before release.

The results of the work in the vineyard and in the cellar are about 80,000 bottles of wine per year on average. The main star of the winery is the Nebbiolo grape with about 50% of their total vineyard area. The remainder is divided among five other varieties: Langhe Nebbiolo DOC , Barbera d’ Alba DOC, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, Langhe Freisa DOC., Langhe Chardonnay DOC, and Roero Arneis DOCG. Barbaresco makes up 40%, a grand red wine with structure and long aging. Three types of Barbaresco are produced: a blend from the union of grapes from different vineyards and two single crus: Pora and Rio Sordo.