Our Visit to the Winery of La Ferraria.
La Ferriera is an establishment run by a family that has a long tradition in the production of wine, specializing in the production of quality red wines with the designation of origin ‘Atina Cabernet DOC’. It is located in the Rosanisco district of Atina and is housed in the buildings of an old Iron Foundry.
The Iron works were founded by the Bourbon king Ferdinand II in 1858 to extract iron from the ore mined in the nearby area of Monte Meta. There have been mines situated here since Samnite / Roman times, and it was this that historically gave Atina much of its wealth and accordingly the name of “Atina Potens”.
The plant had a huge blast furnace with a large air pump or bellows to ventilated it. Today it is draped with a curtain of vines and creepers.
There is a spacious courtyard surrounded with other buildings which were utilised as warehouses in which to store the raw materials, workshops, administrative offices and accommodation for the some of the workers. Unfortunately the life of the Ironworks was to be short lived as it shut down in 1860 and was left abandoned.
In the centre of the courtyard stands an ancient poplar tree.
Below – Lucio Mancini giving us the guided tour.
Some of the old building are now used for the production of wine. The Cabernet and Syrah varieties of grape are cultivated in the vineyards of the estate of Colle Alto in lower Atina, in the beautiful Val di Comino.
Modern equipment has been installed for the production of wine with controlled temperature and inert atmosphere in order to obtain a good extraction.
The wine is aged in barrels make of French Oak, with maturing on the lees and finally in the bottle.
La Ferriera specializes in the production of quality red wines with the designation of origin’ Atina Cabernet DOC ‘.
The Realmagona DOC, is produced with Cabernet and Syrah grapes, We also tasted the Dorato derived from Pinot Bianco and Malvasia varieties.
Below Lucio Mancini overlooking the wine tasting.
Lucio Mancini overlooking the wine tasting
We were also kindly invited to taste of some other local delicacies.
Thank you to Lucio Mancini – Sales Executive of La Ferriera and Francesco Massa – Consigliere Comunale of Atina for organising this interesting tour for us.
Thank you very much to Mary (shown on the left)
for treating us to a lovely bottle of
La Ferriera’s Realmagona Atina Cabernet.
So very kind of you !!!
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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