Ferrari – Winery Review

Ferrari – the founders of Trento DOC


Cantine Ferrari LogoThe history of Cantine Ferrari dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when Giulio Ferrari had the idea of creating a sparkling wine inspired by French Champagne. He founded the winery in 1902 in Trento, Italy. Furthermore, Giulio Ferrari was the first vintner to plant Chardonnay grapes in Italy. Back then, the winery only produced very few bottles. In the 1950s production reached 1.000.00 bottles. In 2012 Ferrari bottled approximately 5.200.000 bottles. A dramatic increase in quantity but quality remained most important to the winery.

Lots of things changed between the 1950s and now. First of all the winery is not anymore in the hands of the Ferrari family – that is because Giulio Ferrari had no kids. The Lunelli Group has taken over the ownership of the winery. Ferrari is today one if Italy’s leading producers of sparkling wine and the #1 when it comes to wine from Trento. All wines produced by the winery are part of the Italian wine appellation Trento DOC.

The wines of Ferrari

Ferrari produces exclusively sparkling wine. The Lunelli Group has a separate winery, Azienda Agricola, for still fines from Trento. In my opinion the still wines from Trento are not that good.

All 11 sparklers are produced after the méthode champenoise which is also known as metodo classico. The méthode champenoise is more time-intensive and as a result often more expensive then sparkling wines produced after the metodo martinotti.

The collection of Ferrari wines includes Brut, Demi-Sec, Maximum Brut, Maximum Demi-Sec and two rosé. Ferrari also produces “millesimato” sparklers. In Italy, sparkling wines produced from one single vintage are allowed be labeled millesimato. Last but not least the winery has a several riservas – including a Gran Riserva (current vintage of the Gran Riserva is 2001).


In 2012 eight of Ferrari’s wines have been awarded. The 2005 Ferrari – Perlé Nero – Trento DOC has even won the prestigious 3 Bicchieri award from the Gambero Rosso.

Even though I haven’t written about a specific wine on Vino in Love I drink them regularly. The Perle Nero is among the best sparkling wines that I have tried so far – only downside is its price. The second wine I can recommend without a doubt is their Rosé. I’ve tried most of their wines on wine fairs like the VinItaly in Verona and I’ve never been disappointed by a Ferrari but the above two are in my opinion the best

Let’s finish this winery review with a video. The video shows a wine tasting with the owner of Ferrari, Matteo Lunelli. Bruce Sanderson, French Champagne expert, speaks the introduction. Sanderson works for Wine Specator (I ignored that fact since I am not a big fan of Wine Spectator). The tasting is about the 2001 Ferrari – Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore (also known as Ferrari’s Gran Riserva).

Useful links:

  1. Ferrari on Wine-Searcher (yes the sell wine in the USA, too)
  2. Ferrari Website
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16 comments on “Ferrari – Winery Review”

  1. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    Really nice pictures : -)
    Here in Canada I’ve yet to find a Ferrari in a store. Only time I bought a Ferrari spumante was when I was at Eataly in New York City
    I’ll see if I can find any of them wines on wine-searcher in Canada. Thanks for the link!

    • vino in love Reply

      Hey Frank,
      Thank you for commenting!
      As far as I know Ferrari-Carano from California and Italian winery Cantine Ferrari are two separate wineries.
      It’s worth mentioning that Ferrari is a very common last name in Italy – just like many people in the States are called Smith or Williams.
      It’s likely that Ferrari-Carano has Italian roots, which would explain the name.

      I’m more than happy to add my opinion to your post.

      • aFrankAngle Reply

        Thanks for your feedback. As we know, sometimes wineries have joint ventures, thus the possibility came to mind … but after just looking on the web site, interestingly, Ferrari is not mentioned.

        • vino in love Reply

          You’re absolutely right about joint-ventures.
          Maybe you have heard Castello Banfi from Tuscany. Banfi expanded a few years ago to Chile. Another example would be the Masi, which now produces wine in Argentina, too.

  2. winetalks winetalks Reply

    Matteo Lunelli, the guy from the video seems to be quite friendly guy! I love how he explained the wine.
    I drink lots of sparkling wine but I’ve never had one that old!!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • vino in love Reply

      Completely agree with you on that. Signor Lunelli needed only few words to explain such a fabulous wine. Out of all Ferrari sparklers the Gran Riserva 2001 is the one I would like to try most. But unfortunately it costs quite a fortune!

  3. Sean P. Reply

    A few years ago at VinItaly I was offered to try their selection of spumante. Some of them were much better than Champagne.
    Ferrar makes top-notch sparklers.

    • vino in love Reply

      Hey Mariberlinese,
      Thank you for commenting. I’m glad you’re asking. A really good question! Trento is the capital city of the region Trentino-Alto Adige. In Italian, the province Trentino is also known as Trento. Therefore it’s basically the same thing. Still wines from Trento/Trentino are in my opinion not as good as the sparkling wines. Most still wine from Trento is mass-produced Pinot Grigio. Not my type of wine – of course there are good still wines in Trento, too. But the majority disappointed me.

      • mariberlinese Reply

        Oh, now it’s clear, because I was already thinking that maybe the very Comune di Trento brings on the market something disgusting 🙂
        So, yes, you’re right… they are destroying the reputation of the whole province by producing that low-quality Pinot Grigio, which usually goes to cheap Italian restaurants abroad. But let’s thank the good heavens for places like Comune di Isera with its Marzemino, for example… or some Teroldego from Mezzolombardo 🙂

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