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Vigneti Massa Timorasso ‘Derthona’ 2021

Timorasso from Italy, Colli Tortonesi


$76ea in any 3+
$72ea in any 6+
Closure: Screw Cap
From near extinction the Massa family have saved Timorasso, for that I am truly thankful!


Massa’s Derthona is the perfect introduction to the serious end of the spectrum of Timorasso.

Excellent build in depth and length with excellent oxidative line that sits perfectly with fine acid and insane lemon oil and those mega lemons you could eat straight + apricot kernel.. Great depth and an extension of that lush flow making for an exciting mouthfeel, with harmony layering. Delicious. A little baking spice and a slatey and woody herb play. Exceptional. Mid to full-bodied with delicacy.

An absolute demonstration of thoughtful skin-contact and oxidative handling adding to complexting and development without compromising freshness and energy.

The 2021 is another success from Massa & Piggy. Trying this as it warms and over a couple of days will see it reveal more, and, more, and, more, and, more!

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

About Vigneti Massa

There have been five generations of the Massa family working in the steep hills just east of Tortona to keep the flame of the Timorasso grape alight. Walter Massa is the savior of this variety that was once the prime grape in Gavi, before the less troublesome Cortese took over. They now grow the last few hectares of Timorasso in the world with minimal intervention, wild yeasts and no chemicals.

Under the Derthona name of the label lies the words, “Un territorio, un vino, un vitigno”, which means “One terroir, one wine, one vine”. If it wasn’t for the tenacity and determination of Walter Massa, the owner of Vigneti Massa, who clearly believed in the tremendous potential of this grape variety, then we might not taste this exemplary grape today.

A few decades ago, when Walter Massa took over his family’s wine production, the Timorasso grape was nearing extinction. He began producing Timorasso pomace for a well-known grappa producer and this provided the capital necessary for extensive experimentation with the varietal.

This talented grape is remarkably rare, having been long undervalued in a region well known for its Barolos and Barbarescos. Massa never stopped believing in the potential of this grape, which grows on the sunny southeastern Piemontese hills of Tortona, east of Alessandria and bordering Emilia-Romagna.

The Massa Estate stands on an overall area of 30 hectares of which 18 are vineyard and 12 occupied by orchards. The agronomist and enologist is Walter Massa, who is assisted by his sister Paola and his cousin Franco, who deals with the orchards.

In the Winery

Overall clad, never wearing shoes Pigi is the cellar guy for both Walter Massa and Claudio Marriotto.

Massa at first glance may appear disheveled and you might think his winemaking could be the same. The reality is very different, he is a deep thinker, balancing science with philosophy. All you need do is look at the top of the bottle .. closed with a screwcap. We might see that as the norm in Australia. Not so in Europe where the stigma of non-cork closures is still significant. I’ve seen footage where he argues eloquently on the science and politics of his decisioin to close his wines with screwcap. He shares his understanding of élévage and the role of the closure particularly for red wines is criticial. The ability to have a screw cap that can be selected to have 0% oxygen ingress or allow known micro-doses of oxygen enabling him to experiment with the most suitable closure for his reds to evolve in bottle.

Such depth of thought balancing science with a fine sense of touch is essential in the productions of the best wines of the world.

The Derthona of Vigneti Massa is produced exclusively from white grapes that have always been cultivated in the Apennine and pre-Apennine hills of the “marca Obertenga”; with phylloxera has risked extinction, now it is regaining the ancient spaces: from 4 hectares in 2000 to the current 150 hectares cultivated by over forty producers. The Derthona comes from a cold maceration of about 40/45 hours, with subsequent fermentation for about 12 months in stainless steel tanks and periodic “batonnage” of the lees for about 12 months. After about 14 months from the harvest, it is bottled.

The film below is in Italian. You can select sub-tittle using the cc button & then have these auto-translated selecting the ⚙ button. The translations are a bit rough but you can glean a little insight into Walter, his vineyards & wines.

Where in the World is Vigneti Massa?

Vigneti Massa is located in the Colli Tortonesi DOC just east of Alessandria.


Where in the world does the magic happen?

Vigneti Massa (Visite solo su appuntamento), Piazza Capsoni, Monleale, Province of Alessandria, Italy

Colli Tortonesi