The Ferro family of the La Torretta estate were originally carpenters who made wine for family and friends in their spare time. The vineyards are located on the hill above their house and workshop in Ghemme. When the law changed so that “family wine making” was considered a real activity with tax liability, they were faced with a difficult choice: either sell their vineyards and give up their tradition and passion, or become a fully-fledged winery.
Fortunately for us, they chose to become a full-fledged winery and thus La Torretta was born. Lorenzo studied oenology and is the “winemaker”, assisted by the other family members. He believes in the principles of “natural” winemaking. Proper maintenance of the vineyard is crucial so that “nature” produces the best grapes. Then he gives the wines time to mature in large oak barrels. The top wines based on Nebbiolo are the Ghemme Il Motto and the Ghemme Riserva. They mature, depending on the year, for up to 72 months in barrel and then a few more years in bottle before being released to the market. These DOCG wines from northern Piedmont can easily stand alongside the better Barolo wines. For example, the Ghemme Il Motto 2011 was included in the list of the 100 best Italian wines of 2018 (Il Golosario list).
In addition to the Ghemme DOCG wines, they make the delicious, fresh Il Tordo from the young Nebbiolo grapes.
A very juicy, spicy wine is the Il Luco Colline Novaresi Vespolina , made from Vespolina and Nebbiolo. The Vespolina is a typical blue grape from the region of Ghemme and Gattinara. This grape may also be added to the Ghemme wine to add more colour.
Besides these red wines, a very aromatic white wine is also produced, based on the Erbaluce grape.