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Rivetti Massimo

Country/Region: Italy - Piemonte - Barbaresco DOCG

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PierinValetta's brand is produced by Azienda Agricola Rivetti Massimo. They are located in the city of Nieve, in the Piedmont region and they produce Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato, Arneis and Chardonnay.

History
Date Founded: 2000
Owner: Massimo Rivetti
Winery Philosophy: PierinValetta's brand is a tribute to Pierin Valetta, which is the ancestor of the Family. It is a way to thank him and honor him for all the hard work and dedication when he planted vines 75 years ago which are used today to make wines with great concentration and depth of flavors.

Pierin Valetta was one of the anchestor of the family. Valetta was the nickname of the branch of Pierin's family. He was born in 1910 and he believed in his territory since when he was a kid. In fact, thanksfully to him, now the family can grow vineyards which are 70+ years old. Now is the fifth generation which is carry on the winery. Three brothers that are following all the works with the help of their parents.


Winery/Vineyards
Winery Acreage: 60 acres
Winery Production: 7000 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato, Arneis and Chardonnay.
Winemaker: Massimo Rivetti

The winery is working with organic practice in Europe and they are in the process of getting their certification.

OLD VINES
The vineyards are 35-75 years old with limited yield per hectare to maximize the grape quality, the terroir and production area.
NO HERBICIDES, SOIL MANAGEMENT
Herb mowing is done manually to avoid any herbicide, sowing of 20+ different variety of herbs that help plants avoiding stress and acting as natural fertilizer in addition to “humus”.
NO PESTICIDES, INSECTS MANAGEMENT
Use of “sexual confusion” (natural method that provide the use of pheromones to avoid the reproduction of the insects without any chemical product) and hand harvest of “noctue” (worms that eat buds in spring, destroying part of the production).
HARVEST
Manual harvest of only the best fruits at the moment of the top maturity followed by an accurate selection to avoid any compromise.
NATURAL FERMENTATION WITH INDIGENOUS YEASTS
Natural starter (pie de cuve) using only yeasts that are naturally present on the skins of the berries, in order to obtain not standard wines, but products that really reflect the territory and production area bottling: cambiare sulphates con sulphates.
BOTTLING WITH THE MAXIMUM RESPECT OF THE WINE
Minimum use of sulphates and clarify only when really necessary. Red wines, generally, are bottled without any filtration in order to don’t lose any feature of the grape.

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