North and South, two worlds which come across each other. A marriage of love which becomes also love for the land. Antonio Zoppi, a Bonassola native, and Aida Forgione, born in Campania from a generations wine-growers family, meet more than thirty years ago. They decide to quit their respective careers, he was a businessman and she was a shop-owner that, with her name – which is a tribute to the Verdi opera as an homage to her grandad who was a musician at the San Carlo theatre in Naples – brings a breath of art in the family.
Being in love with the place they chose to be their home, the Riviera Ligure di Levante, in particular the Bonassola village, Antonio and Aida become wine-growers, putting to good use knowledge and passion. As the years pass they buy farmhouses and plots of land in the surroundings, including the Cinque Terre, and start to grow vines challenging the slopes which make Ligurian viticulture so heroic, repairing another local typical feature: drywalls. This is how in 2000 Cà du Ferrà is born, a wine-producing farm and farmhouse/agriturismo, which is a dialectal term to describe a “blacksmith’s home” since these lands, which are now crossed by vine rows, were given-over to horse-shoeing
In the last few years the family business was joined by their son Davide, who giving up on the idea to become a magistrate after a Law School degree, decided to engage in a new civic duty: the restoration of a territory, his own, driven by the idea that viticulture can be the right path to follow to make it stand out. It is only a small step from his commitment to the family business to the debut of the first labels and the consequent vineyards organic certification, just as much to the opening of a new wine Cellar, launched in April 2018.
Currently Davide, in addition to being a young wine-grower, is also a county representative of Coldiretti Giovani Impresa of La Spezia, Councilman of the Enoteca Regionale of Liguria and a Slow Food associate. Together with Giuseppe, his husband and sales and marketing manager, Cà du Ferrà family is now complete.
Value a place starting, first of all, with respect for the land and for those living in it, casting a glance to the past and taking a peek into the future. Cà du Ferrà philosophy is about the intent to care for a unique landscape, beginning with its overgrown fields, keeping it untouched to preserve its beauty. Treasuring countryside tradition without giving up on modern resources.
Good habits and the attention to natural processes which lead to the organic certification path, are the building blocks of this young farm which aims to bring into the cellar a natural product and result in excellence wines, originating from certified vineyards. A goal made possible by following the cycle of nature and an healthy and genuine lifestyle, both in the vineyards and in the cellar.
Here our wines:
- Bonazolae, Colline di Levanto Bianco DOP
The grapes from which this exquisite wine is produced, ripen on the the delicate slopes shaping Bonassola hills. Bosco variety vigor, Albarola sinew, along with Vermentino persuading notes, create an endearing blend of fruity and spontaneous herbs scents, introducing an enveloping, intense and satisfying sip. The sun, the wind and the untamable stone are the main characteristics of a deeply Ligurian wine.
- Luccicante, Colline di Levanto Vermentino DOP
Juicy and tasty Vermentino, telling a story about sea breeze and Mediterranean forest. A cultured and sophisticated wine which encloses the essence of a territory that feeds on sunlight and sea. A praise dedicated to the hardcore resolve of men who are bound firmly to this Land by deep roots, sucking up from thousands-years-old crystals and breathing in salt air.
- ‘Ngilù, Colline di Levanto Rosso DOP
Uptight and juicy red wine, offspring of the traditional grape varieties of eastern Liguria. Small red fruits notes, fulfilling sensations for a wine which has an antique and noble soul. Drank while having lunch in the vineyards, sitting on a rock looking at the sea and listening to the wind, as our grandparents used to do, it makes the spirit soar.
- L’intraprendente, Liguria di Levante Passito Bianco IGP
The art of waiting for the best of times. The right ripening level of the grapes, the suitable drying point, the needed ageing time. Fascinating aromas of fried fruit, herbs, iodine, enveloping and graciously sweet, persuasive.
Grace, elegance, depth. The senses gently awaken in an infinite mix of emotions.