New from Luca Ferraris

Ruché, Grignolino, Barbera d’Asti… and baby Ilaria!

This week we are excited to be featuring the wines of Luca Ferraris, one of Piedmont’s youngest new producers. Luca’s wines have just arrived at Domenico Valentino, and we are thrilled to add them to our portfolio.

It’s been a special week for the young winemaker, who is also celebrating the birth of his first daughter, Ilaria. In honor of both these new arrivals, Domenico Valentino is offering these three Luca Ferraris wines for tasting next week.

Chiara and Luca Ferraris with little Ilaria, the
latest addition to their happy family.

All three wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email michele@domenicovalentino.com or call 718 902-1140.

Our full portfolio and pricing is available at domenicovalentino.com.

Luca Ferraris samples his Ruché in the cellar.

One of the most exciting young producers to emerge from Piemonte in recent years, Luca Ferraris’ vineyard is located in Castagnole Monferrato, a comune in the province of Asti. It is home of the variety Ruché and the DOC Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato. Some of Ferraris’ production is vinified and aged within the town’s castle walls, in an ancient vault purchased by the young producer’s great-grandfather. This network of chambers is dominated by a narrow central room which Ferraris calls Il Salotto del Ruché or, “The Ruché Parlour”. It is here that medieval history and modern technology combine to further Piemonte’s winemaking tradition.

Barbera d’Asti
One of Piedmont’s oldest grape varieties, Barbera d’Asti is believed to have originated in the Monferrato hills. Its first formal citation appeared in a 17th century document now housed in the city hall of Nizza Monferrato. A DOC since 1970, Barbera d’Asti is generally found in the calcareous, clayey land between the provinces of Alessandria and Asti. Luca Ferraris’ Barbera d’Asti comes from his “Vigna del Martin“, a single vineyard in Castagnole Monferrato named after the producer’s grandfather Martino.

Grignolino d’Asti
Grignolino is a grape variety which has long been grown in Piedmont, though the Grignolino d’Asti DOC is often overshadowed by some of the region’s more famous denominations. Its name comes from “grignole“, which in local dialect refers to the unusual abundance of seeds inside the grapes. What was once an abundant variety, Grignolino cultivation suffered especially when a plague of vine destroying parasites swept through the region. As a result, production is limited, a problem which has served to only enhance the wines’ appeal. The variety is being resurrected by fine young producers such as Luca Ferraris, whose Grignolino d’Asti comes from his “Vigna del Casot“, a single vineyard in Castagnole Monferrato.

Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato
The cultivation of Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato is limited to Castagnole Monferrato, making it one of the smallest denominations in Italy. Though a once of modest output, production is now expanding due to its award of DOC status. Luca Ferraris’ flagship wine comes from his “Bric d’Bianc” vineyard, part of an entire hill between Castagnole Monferrato and Scurzolengo which Ferraris purchased himself in 2000. He divided the land into four parts, three of which are devoted to the cultivation of Ruché.

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