Luigi Ferrando is one of Italy’s best winemakers and his Carema red wines, true expressions of extreme mountain viticulture, are some of Italy’s greatest and longest lived wines.
Ferrando Vini was founded in 1890 by Giuseppe Ferrando, who moved to Ivrea from Acqui to introduce the wines of Piedmont into the neighbouring region of Valle d’Aosta. Giuseppe’s son Luigi then expanded and developed the winemaking business. In 1957, Giuseppe Ferrando junior, the founder’s grandson, began production of one of the rarest wines obtained from the Nebbiolo variety, Carema, named after a small town in northern Piedmont on the border with Valle d’Aosta. The wine is very much a 'mountain Barolo', blessed with assertive but silky tannins, extremely pure aromas and flavours of red roses, red cherry and raspberry fruit. Ferrando have produced an excellent, entry-level version called 'Etichetta Bianca' (White Label), and a top-of-the-line version named 'Etichetta Nera' (Black Label).
In 1964 the Ferrando family built the cellar (a DOC since 1967) in Carema and have since been considered the patriarchs of this once very famous wine that has only recently returned to the limelight it deserves. In the early eighties, Giuseppe’s son Luigi took over the company, which is currently owned by his son Roberto.
Besides Carema, Ferrando’s flagship wine, production includes the white Erbaluce di Caluso wine made with the indigenous white grape Erbaluce, which is vinified in both still wines (as the vineyard selection 'Cariola') and sparkling and sweet versions. Ferrando is amongst the the few who makes both a lighter, more refined, late harvest version as well as a richer, thicker, sweeter air-dried wine. Erbaluce is a true star of Italian native grapes, though it is little known outside of its immediate production zone. Both the still and sparkling wines are characterized by very bright, high acids and delicate white flower and citrus aromas and flavours.