During summer and spring, we carry out most of the visits to the wineries with a view to produce the new edition of Slow Wine Guide. Besides returning to the cellars already presented in the past editions, we visit new realities and search for hidden treasures throughout Italy.
In this journey, we spot so many exciting wineries. Unfortunately, a great many cannot be included in the guide, either due to lack of space or to the necessity of further observation before making substitutions.
Too often these are wineries deserve to be worthy of attention and they most likely will impress you. That’s why we decided to report one of them each week within this column.
Località San Giorgio
19011 Bonassola (SP) – Liguria – Italy
+39 328 0369500
Between the vegetable gardens and the houses that you find climbing up the steep hill of Bonassola municipality, you will find a narrow lane that leads to Cà du Ferrà farmhouse and the world of Davide Zoppi, a young Ligurian winemaker. In recent times, he has transformed his family’s small agritourism into a wonderful agricultural project that aims to enhance the local viticulture through soil and landscape recovery, scientific research and sustainable management.
Together with Davide, we visit the last remaining vineyard on the hill of San Giorgio. With passion and hard work, they have reconstructed a beautiful terrace where the vines lay on a shale stone soil, with a very characteristic red color.
The heart of the winery, however, is found further up in Piana Grande. Vermentino, Albarola, and Ruzzese are planted in an amphitheater facing the sea with an altitude of 400 meters. Among the red grape varieties, they plant Sangiovese, Syrah, and Garnaccia.
The four hectares of Cà du Ferrà are managed organically and are slip between the municipalities of Bonassola, Levanto, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore, the latter exclusively with 70 years old vines.
Davide has a solid agronomic vision that will definitely help him in his recent oenological path. Time and experience will translate his efforts into wines with quality and personality. We have tasted two white wines of precise execution and excellent reliability. The Colline di Levanto Bonazolae 2017 is a blend from Vermentino, Bosco, and Albarola, which is vinified in stainless steel and has a savory and juicy flavor. It is not a very complex wine, but has a lot of aromacity. The Hills of Levanto Luccicante 2017 is made witg grapes from old Vermentino’s vines, and it is also vinified in stainless steel. This wine expresses the Mediterranean climate of the region, with great sapidity, but less dynamism and aromacity.
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