Ca du Ferra

Liguria - Italy

The Winery

In terms of both their gorgeous location and commitment to reviving the lost grapes of Liguria, the Ca du Ferra estate is nothing short of inspired. With just 4.5 seaside hectares divided into 11 tiny vineyard sites and crus, winemakers David and Giuseppe grow small amounts of at least a dozen different varieties. Notably, in conjunction with the University of Torino, they are single-handedly resuscitating the lost grape Ruzzeze, as recently noted in a 2023 article by Gambero Rosso. With non-contiguous plots as small as 2 rows and 50 square meters, each individual site has its own unique story to tell, both in terms of grape variety and terroir. Their Albarola vines, for example, were planted in 1970 and occupy a tiny space atop a rare, cliff-top plateau... while their single hectare of red grapes occupies a small maritime ampitheater. Always striving for a seamless weave with the nature around them, the Zoppi clan also maintains an apiary with 12 queens and 300,000 bees, which fly free amongst the wild herbs and fruit trees growing alongside the vineyards.

At the beginning of this century, Davide's father (a native of their village, Bonassola) and his family sold grapes to the local co-op as the estate got its sea legs (no pun intended). Then, in 2013, they struck out on their own, with Davide deciding against a career in environmental law in favor of a return to the vine. He decided the best way to defend and protect his beloved Liguria was to start with his family's own land back home... Today, he oversees the cellar with his husband, Giuseppe, with his father still managing the vineyards and his mom running their beautiful, 4-room agriturismo.in the heart of Bonassola... When Americans think of the Italian Riviera, it's often in terms of its chic and glamour and yet - while these rockstar wines are nothing short of stunning - at Ca du Ferra this stretch of coastline is also transformed into something just as magical, responsible, and heartfelt.

Enologist
Graziana Grassini
Grapes Grown by Winery
Albarola, Black Vermentino, Bosca, Ciliegiolo, Merlot, Picabon, Rossese Bianco, Ruzzese, Sangiovese, Syrah, Vermentino
Vineyard Size
4.0 ha
Winemaker
Davide Zoppi
Winemaker Biography
Virtually everything about the tiny Ca du Ferra estate is sophisticated, intellectually compelling... and visually stunning. With cliff-top vines pressed right up against the blue sea, winemaker Davide Zoppi and his husband Giuseppe have elevated their wines into the Ligurian stratosphere, offering up whites and roses of incredible depth, weight, and precision.
Winemaker Generation
2nd
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Bonazolae Colline di Levanto Bianco DOP

Grown on the slopes of Bonassola - at times flush with the Italian Riviera - these vines are invested with sun and sea from stem to stern. Don't let the pale hue fool you - this wine is an elegant powerhouse, and hands-down one of the best whites we've ever tasted from Liguria! Its largesse begins with a layered and complex nose, including an array of citrus and tropical fruits backed by jasmine, dusty Mediterranean herbs, and a pronounced salinity. The palate is at once opulent and clear-headed, with a lingering finish that sets it above all the rest!

Color
Very pale straw with silver highlights
Nose
Concentrated citrus and tropical fruit, along with prominent floral, herbal, and saline notes
Palate
Rich yet clear-headed
Finish
Clean, with good staying power
Vineyard Location
Colline di Levanto DOC, Liguria
Vineyard Size
1 ha
Varietals List
65% Vermentino
30% Albarola
5% Bosco
Farming Practices
Non-certified organic, dry-farmed, grapes picked by hand; non-certified vegan
Elevation
50-200 m
Soils
Rocky clay-volcanic mix
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 6 months and Bottled for 1 month
In Steel
6 months
Alcohol
13.0 %
Acidity
5.7 g/liter
Residual Sugar
2 g/liter

Luccicante Vermentino Colline di Levanto Bianco DOP

From the warm and breezy village of Bonassola just north of Cinque Terre comes this sublime, elevated take on Vermentino. Grown on a rare, 200 m plateau right on the sea, these 23-year-old vines are treated like gold. Winemakers Davide and Giuseppe claim "elegance and quality" as their goals, and here they hit on all cylinders. A bright, herbal, complex nose gives way to a fairly regal palate of tremendous concentration and viscosity, followed by a long, saline finish. To wax poetic, it's an Apollonian experience - full of light, harmony, and structure through and through!

Color
Light straw with green highlights
Nose
Bright lemon zest and pith, alongside green peach, wildflowers and coastal herbs
Palate
Fantastic viscosity with concentrated citrus
Finish
Long and saline
Vineyard Location
Colline di Levanto DOC, Liguria
Vineyard Size
1 ha
Varietals List
100% Vermentino
Farming Practices
Non-certified organic, dry-farmed, grapes picked by hand; non-certified vegan
Elevation
200 m
Soils
Mix of sandstone, volcanic, and calcareous clay
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 6 months and Bottled for 1 month
In Steel
6 months
Alcohol
13.0 %
Acidity
6 g/liter
Residual Sugar
2.8 g/liter
Annual Production
15,000 bottles