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Traditional-method sparkling wines in white, rosé, dry and off-dry styles, some with long aging.
Trento DOC was formally recognised as a region for sparkling wines made using the traditional method (as employed in Champagne, as opposed to that of Prosecco) in 2007 and a key player in its bid was Ferrari Trento, where this style has been made - in exemplary form - since 1902. Established by eponymous oenologist Giulio Ferrari, the winery is set amidst the dramatic scenery of the Dolomites and seeks to convey this land with purity and quality, especially now that it can boast a series of green credentials: certified organic since 2017, Ferrari is an official Biodiversity Friend and on its way to becoming fully carbon neutral.
Throw a Michelin-starred restaurant and sixteenth century villa into the bargain and you’ve got one seriously stylish day out. Your visit
Winery tours can be combined with a variety of tasting flights introducing you to different aspects of the estate’s array of sparkling wines. The pinnacle is the Renaissance Tour, as you’ll taste the wines in the striking surroundings of the Renaissance period Villa Margon - restored to its former glory, its frescoed ceilings and romantic archways looking out over the hillside are utterly engulfing.
Take your immersion one step further by booking in for what Ferrari calls “a voyage through beauty and excellence,” adding gastronomy to your vinous and architectural enjoyment. The modern elegance of Locanda Margon has earned it a Michelin star and there are three sumptuous tasting menus to choose from, whereas the Bistrot offers a slightly more relaxed à la carte menu. All dishes are seasonal and proudly use local ingredients as a means of further championing the Trento region.The wines
Given its commitment to traditional method fizz, the vines are planted largely to Chardonnay, then Pinot Noir, with some Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc too. Ferrari acquires grapes not just from its own vineyards but from those belonging to over 500 families of growers who all adhere to the same sustainable ethos.
The “Classic” range spans dry, off-dry and rosé cuvées whilst single vintages can be found in the “Perlé” line. Named after its founder, the signature “Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore” is made using 100% Chardonnay in only the best vintages, and aged for 10 years on the lees for a satisfyingly rich, complex and yet finessed expression of this Italian landscape.