The Ferraris Family’s origins are from the region of Piemonte in northern Italy. My grandfather emigrated to Australia at the turn of the last century and since this time, our family has a long association with agriculture, being involved in the pioneering of the sugar industry in far north Queensland. Growing up on a sugar cane farm instilled in me a respect for the land and a love for horticulture. After leaving Queensland and moving south (to Sydney) the attraction of the land persisted and although it took some time, in 2000 our family purchased a small property in the Hunter Valley. The Ferraris Vineyard was firmly established in Pokolbin in 2001 when the first vines were planted. Subsequent analysis of the soil showed that the predominant soil type to be sandy loam to a lightly clay loam topsoil. This was eminently suitable for viticulture.

From this time we were fortunate to be advised by the highly regarded winemaker, Rhys Eather and as the vines developed, he took the reigns as or chief winemaker.Rhys had worked in various wineries in France, Italy and Australia. With his vast experience, he established his own winemaking and label ‘Meerea Park’ in the Hunter in 1991. Since its establishment he has won numerous medals and accolades for his winemaking especially for his shiraz and semillon.

The Hunter has seen significant change over the past decade however with the arrival of new young winemakers including Rhys Eather they have put the Hunter back on the map as a serious quality winemaking destination, making new style wines true to the region. We felt our now established vineyard, under the guidance of such professionalism would enable us to produce an elegant-style shiraz that would mature well in the medium term.

We are thrilled to be working with people who are serious about making quality wines and are willing to be innovating and explore new directions. To this end, we harvested our first shiraz grapes in 2003. It was tremendously exciting! The first ‘Vendemia’ was a family affair. The Ferraris clan combined with extended relatives and close friends spent an enjoyable time picking grapes.

Our first vintage was well received being described as ‘elegant, evenly balanced with excellent fruit’. Following its successful release in 2004, we felt that rosé was a style of wine that was well suited to the Australian climate.

We made our first rosé from shiraz grapes in 2004. The rosé has a light, fresh taste with soft acids that carry over to a clean finish. The rosé was very popular, particularly with our younger supporters, and we have continued to develop our subsequent vintages and become dedicated rosé producers, striving for quality from the vineyard to the wine in the glass.

Claude Ferraris.