Located in the Ligurian Riviera at Albenga, between the hills and the Mediterranean sea, Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti is a producer of classic Pigato, along with local reds Rossese and Granaccia. The cantina was founded by Agostino and Bice Parodi, & their daughters Ivana & Brunella, originally from Genova, & they first planted Pigato in 1965. Pigato is the local white grape, a relative of Vermentino but more aromatic and with darker skins.
They own 5.2 hectares plus rent a further 0.8 hectares. The Pigato is planted both on the alluvial sandy flats in Albenga, within a radius of 1km of the cantina, and on the schistous slopes of the hills 13 km inland.
They started bottling during the 1970s. Their son-in-law Mirco Mastroianni joined the cantina in 1997, along with a new winemaker. In 1996 and 1997 they tried ageing the wines in barriques but soon found this compromised the purity of the Pigato, which is now vinified only in stainless steel. They avoid malolactic conversion to retain fresh acidity. In 2016 Mirco took the seminal step of vinifying 33% of his Pigato fruit using wild yeast cultures that had been developed by a quadra of five Pigato producers in the area; in vinifying 2020 they were up to 80% of wild yeast!
Two Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente wines are made by Massaretti: one, a classic Pigato from the alluvial, coastal soils next to the cantina & a couple of kilometres from the sea; the other a richer example called ‘La Palmetta’ that is the result of cryomaceration. ‘La Palmetta’ was first made in the 2006 vintage.
Mirco & Brunella have been joined by Fabio Lupi – himself from a famous family of Vermentino producers in Liguria – in the vineyard, while Daniela Serra consults in the cantina.
From 2020, they stopped using diserbanti. They are also using sovescio/cover crop & manure where necessary.
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Albenga
‘La Palmetta’ Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Albenga
Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Albenga
Granaccia Colline Savonesi, Albenga