Luca Ferraris tasting — this Friday!

Try three of the Piedmontese producer’s varietal wines at Vino

Luca Ferraris photographed in his vineyard in Castagnole Monferrato by Vino's Jim Hutchinson, October 2008.

Luca Ferraris photographed in his vineyard in Castagnole Monferrato.

For Luca Ferraris, 2008 was a special year. Not only did the young winemaker from Piedmont become father to baby Ilaria, but his range of pure, single-vineyard varietals achieved almost instant success at Vino, where they have become a popular favorite with those looking for affordable wines that are truly representative of place.

The tiny town of Castagnole Monferrato is very much the heart of Ruchèland, as this sign explains.

Now entering... the heart of Ruchèland. The tiny town of Castagnole Monferrato is certainly proud of its local grape, as this sign testifies.

Ferraris is perhaps most closely associated with Ruchè, a variety thought to have arrived from France in the mid-19th century and grown only in the village of Castagnole Monferrato, in the province of Asti. Luca has been at the forefront of the revival of this somewhat forgotten wine, and was indeed so taken by the potential of the grape that he renamed his family’s cantina Il Salotto del Ruchè, or “Ruchè Salon”. Ferraris also cultivates two of Asti’s most famous varieties: Barbera and Grignolino, which he produces in typically classic style.

"When in Castagnole Monferrato if someone offers you Ruchè it is because they are delighted to have you."

"When in Castagnole Monferrato, if someone offers you Ruchè, it is because they are delighted to have you."

A brand new batch of the 2007 vintage of these three wines has just arrived at Vino, where we sampled them last week. You can do the same at our FREE tasting this Friday, March 13, from 5:30pm.

Luca FerrarisBarbera d’Asti 2007 Luca Ferraris
$15

Grignolino d’Asti 2007 Luca Ferraris
$15

Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato 2007 Luca Ferraris
$22

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email us at contact@vinosite.com.

All photographs by Jim Hutchinson, October 2008.

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