Perched high above the Langhe in the village of Roddino, just across the border from Serralunga d’Alba, the Cassino family farm 4.5ha of vineyards in the comune of Roddino & in Sinio. They grow Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo & Rossese Bianco. In the 1990s, papa Silvio Cassino started to commercialise their wines, but it wasn’t until his two daughters, Elena (nata ’91) & Monica (’94) graduated from Alba’s Liceo Linguistico ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ that things became more serious…
Upon graduation in 2014 Monica decided to expand her horizons & move to Germany…a step that led her to being enroled at the prestigious Hochschule Geisenheim University in 2015, where she studied enologia & viticultura. Graduating in 2019 she returned to the family cantina & teamed up with her sister Elena. Vintage 2021 was their debutto year together, which coincidentally saw the release of their first Langhe Nebbiolo; in the same year they began work renovating the family’s splendid cascina.
The family has always prided itself in being guardians of the rare Rossese Bianco grape, a grape with Ligurian roots, that is found in the comunes of Sinio, Roddino, & Monforte d’Alba, of which they produce c.2k bts/anno. The Nebbiolo comes from a wonderful borgata in Sinio, called Bricco del Gallo, 500m asl high up & SW facing, on marne, limestone & arenarie soils, giving high toned wines not dissimilar to those of Serralunga d’Alba directly in front! And in the cuore of this borgata is found ‘La Castella’, a mini-hamlet of houses built & inhabited by Elena & Monica’s grandfather until he passed away in 2011. Plus they have some deliciously furry old vine Dolcetto!
Looking ahead, in 2023 they will be releasing their inaugural (2019) Barolo, a tiny quantity sourced from a supplier in the Monforte d’Alba MGA of Perno!
Barolo, Monforte d’Alba