190 – 2014 Gathering of the “We Love Atina” Group – Visit to the Winery of La Ferriera

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.

La Ferraria Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

La Ferraria Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

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.

La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

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.

La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

In the centre of the courtyard stands an ancient poplar tree.

Below – Lucio Mancini giving us the guided tour.

Visit to La Ferraria Winery Old Iron Foundry Atina Italy

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. 

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Modern equipment has been installed for the production of wine with controlled temperature and inert atmosphere in order to obtain a good extraction.

La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

The wine is aged in barrels make of French Oak, with maturing on the lees and finally in the bottle. 

Oak Barrels La Ferraria Winery  Atina Italy

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.

Wine Tasting La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Lucio Mancini  overlooking the wine tasting

Wine Tasting La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

On the left – Francesco Massa

We were also kindly invited to taste of some other local delicacies.

Tasting Local Delicacies of Atina Italy

We Love Atina Group Wine Tasting at La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Mark and Jan Waldron

We Love Atina Group Wine Tasting at La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Brigida Varley and Paul

We Love Atina Group Wine Tasting at La Ferraria Winery Atina Italy

Mary Gilmour, Trevor and Brigida Varley and Paul

 Delicious !!!

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 !!!

La Ferriera’s Website

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

My Atina Website:  http://atinaitaly.com

#atina #wine #winery #AtinaCabernetDoc #grapes #visocchi #LaFerraria #IronMines #IronFoundry #italy

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