Join Wine Guy Mike every week on the radio from 12:00-1:00 pm MDT. You can also live stream right here at Missoula Community Radio. This week The Tasting Room Presents Ferrari Winery CEO Matteo Lunelli.
The Ferrari Winery was founded over a century ago in the Trentino region of northern Italy. It is not only regarded as the premier Sparkling wine producer in all of Italy but the winery also has a world-renowned reputation as a top producer of Metodo Classico Sparkling wines.
Built on the dream of Giulio Ferrari in 1902 this winery is now under the leadership of Matteo and his cousins Marcello, Camilla, and Alessandro. The Lunelli family take the very best from a century of tradition combined with an Italian lifestyle of living life to the fullest, enjoying family, friends, and of course a glass of Ferrari Sparkling wine from the Trentodoc.
The Trentodoc is situated high in the mountains in the Trentino region of northern Italy. This area was discovered by Giulio Ferrari to be an exceptional area to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Sustainably farmed today by the third generation of Lunelli’s the Ferrari Winery is Certified Organic and received the prestigious Biodiversity Friend certification from the Worldwide Biodiversity Association.
Trentodoc is the first Sparkling wine D.O.C. in Italy and the second Metodo Classico designation in the world after the Champagne wine region of France. Today this area has 40 producers and more than 100 wines that denote the Trentodoc designation.
This very special wine region whose vineyards are located high in the hills at the base of the Dolomite mountains is also situated nearby the moderating influences of Lake Garda. The Trentodoc has warm days and cool nights receiving maritime influences from the Mediterranean and cool mountain breezes from the Dolomite mountains. The altitude of the Trentodoc vineyards concentrate the fruit and sugar of the grapes and also produce ideal acidity in the grapes for producing Sparkling wines of exceptional quality.
The Ferrari sparkling wines undergo two fermentations, the first results in the expression of terroir and the cuvée or desired blend are created. It is during second fermentation that sugar and yeast are added perlage or bubbles develop in the wine which makes it Sparkling. The cuvée remains cellared in the bottle for a period of two to ten years. Remuage or the daily one-eighth turning of the bottle is a treatment each bottle receives thus migrating the sediment from the lees or dead yeast cells toward the neck of the bottle. This is done in preparation for dégorgement which removes the dead yeast cells. At this time Ferrari winemakers introduce the liqueur d’expédition or the addition of their secret formula. It is this secret formula that defines the style of the wine from any other winery and makes the wines from the Ferrari Winery very special in the world of Sparkling Wine.
From my table to yours,