Communes of Val di Cembra and Valle dei Laghi in the province of Trento, Italy: all between 1000 - 2300 ft above sea level with either south-eastern or south-western exposure.
Since 1902, the Ferrari estate, now owned by the Lunelli family, has been at the forefront of sparkling wine quality in Italian wine circles. And even while recognizing that the estate has never been a slouch when it comes to delivering excellent wines, I cannot help but state that this year’s lineup of wines is one of the strongest across the board I have memory of. The Perle Rose is especially good but virtually everything from Ferrari is really outstanding this year. And as if that was not enough, this year the first ever Giulio Ferrari Rose bubbly was released. - From Trentino: New Releases (Jan 2019) by Ian D’Agata
Wine maker notes
Ferrari Brut is made using the traditional metodo classico. After a hand-harvest in September, the wine undergoes a gentle pressing and first fermentation in tanks. The wine is then bottled and a second fermentation occurs with selected yeasts. The resulting wine is matured at least 24 months on the lees, with a gradual turning of the bottle upside-down (rémuage). Sediment is removed through disgorgement. The final touch is the addition of the "liqueur d’expedition” (a tiny dose of sugar) and selected wines (the recipe for which remains a closely guarded Ferrari secret).
A sparkling wine of pronounced finesse. Perfect served as an aperitif or with lighter dishes, especially seafood.
Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through the efforts of Giulio Ferrari. After his studies in France, Ferrari returned to Trentino, Italy and planted Chardonnay, which no one had done before. Ferrari was convinced that through the combination of Trentino terroir, the innovative use of Chardonnay and the use of the traditional “metodo classico”, he could make world-class sparkling wines. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy. In 1952, Giulio Ferrari, not having any children, chose Bruno Lunelli, a friend and local merchant as successor for his beloved business. Today the third generation of the Lunelli family is at the helm and the winery could not be in better hands as it continues to be a perennial Tre Bicchieri winner.