Luigi Ferrando

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Canavese, Piedmont
People: Luigi Ferrando, Owner | Roberto Ferrando, Vitculturist | Andrea Ferrando, Wimemaker


Luigi Ferrando 2015 'La Torrazza' Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG Login In Stock
Luigi Ferrando 2012 'Etichetta Bianca' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC Login <1 Case
Luigi Ferrando 2011 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC Login AG 91 WS 93 In Stock
Luigi Ferrando (1.5 L) 2013 'Etichetta Bianca' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC Login In Stock
Luigi Ferrando (1.5 L) 2013 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC Login In Stock

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.

Luigi Ferrando has long been the leading producer of wines from the Canavese region where his family's winemaking tradition goes back to 1900. Like many of our producers, he has strong ties to his local region. His attachment and commitment run deep, and have led him to collaborate with other winemakers and academics. Together, they are responsible for discovering and preserving local grape varieties and traditions that might otherwise have been lost. Luigi’s sons, Roberto and Andrea, now work with him on the estate (Roberto) and in the family’s vinoteca (Andrea) located in the heart of the city of Ivrea, the commercial hub of the Canavese region. Thus, the continuation of the Ferrando tradition has been enabled.

Technically speaking, the Canavese is part of Piedmont. Its location at the frontier of the Valle d'Aosta, the very edge of Piedmont, an area renowned for its steeply terraced vineyards, imparts a distinctive quality to the wines. The Ferrandos painstakingly cultivate their Nebbiolo vineyards on the mountainside terroir of Carema, in an amphitheater that sits in the very shadows of Monte Bianco. The resulting wine is very different than its more famous cousins from Barolo or Barbaresco and is sought after by connoisseurs for its finesse, complexity, and longevity. Their other vineyard holdings are lower in altitude, on the plains and hills of the Canavese region, in and around the village of Caluso, approximately 45 minutes north of Torino. Here, they work with interesting local grape varieties and are particularly known for their Erbaluce di Caluso. The Erbaluce grape is an ancient white variety that originates, and can only be found, in the alpine foothills of this northwestern corner of Piedmont. It has a bright acidity, an elegant underlying minerality, and a complex structure that makes it the ultimate flexible wine: producing everything from sparkling wine, through bone-dry, off-dry, and late harvest wines.

The Ferrando wines were the very first wines Rosenthal imported to the United States back in January 1980. This was at a time when Carema and Erbaluce were unknown to almost anyone who did not live within 50 kilometers of Torino. It has been Neal Rosenthal's particular pleasure and satisfaction to see the growing respect for these exceptional wines within the American market, further proof of the compelling, almost mystical aura that is at the core of the series of wines produced by the Ferrando family.

Vinous Media by Antonio Galloni 3/2014
"Ferrando is the reference-point producer in the tiny Carema appellation."

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  • Ferrando 2011 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC
    Rating: 91 (4/1/2016)

    The 2011 Carema Etichetta Nera is quite pretty. Not only is the Etichetta Nera cleaner and more refined than the Etichetta Bianca, it also shows quite a bit less small barrel influence in the past. Christmas spices, orange peel, new leather, plum and licorice all flesh out in the glass. The 2011 is also unusually pliant and open-knit, both of which make it an excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years. This is a rare Etichetta Nera that will not require much, if any, cellaring.
  • Ferrando 2011 'Etichetta Nera' (Nebbiolo), Carema DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (10/31/2016)

    Inviting aromas and flavors of licorice, leather, camphor and sweet dried cherry are the hallmarks of this savory, harmonious red. Washes over the palate, with warmth and richness belying the pale color and light weight. Offers a fine finish of saline minerality, revealing vestiges of sweet cherry. Drink now through 2029.