Tenuta Cucco is at Serralunga d’Alba, in Piedmont, at the foot of the famous 1300’s castle that dominates the whole Langhe area near Alba. The farm’s name indicates the summit, “cucco” in the local dialect, of the hill where the oldest vineyard, Vigna Cucco, is located.
Serralunga is considered the most important Barolo area for the peculiar traits of its ancient wines and plants and its excellent microclimate due to the vineyards’ height. Especially Vigna Cucco, where the Barolo Riserva comes from, is the most important vine in Serralunga, mentioned in the Carta del Barolo by Renato Ratti. It belongs to the sub-area Cerrati, a cru put on the market exclusively by Tenuta Cucco. Its peculiar trait is the vines’ height at around 400 mt above sea level, where lime and tuff, typical here, are highly concentrated on the soil’s surface, which enriches grapes with tannins and polyphenols.
The limestone-clayey soil lies on Diano sandstones that date back to over 10 million years ago. Not very deep, with emerging marls due to the erosion of the best exposed faces, it gives strong, complex and long-lived wines: the Nebbiolo produced in this area is considered the best Nebbiolo for ageing. The other vineyards are placed in the sub-area Bricco Vughera. In the 12,5 hectares of the farm all of the most renowned Piedmont red wines are produced: Barolo, Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera d’Alba and of course Langhe Chardonnay.
Here too, as it was at La Raia, the Rossi Cairo family introduced the organic farming, in the knowledge that this method will add even more value to this territory, already famous all over the world.