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Answers to frequently asked questions
What is the Classic Method?
The Classic Method (aka méthode champenoise which takes its name from the Champagne region of France) is a wine production process which includes a first fermentation, usually in stainless steel tanks, and a second fermentation taking place directly in the bottle activated by the addition of sugar and select yeast (tirage). When the second fermentation is complete the wine is aged on the lees, a lengthy process of maturation occurring in the bottle, which, in the case of Ferrari Winery lasts at minimum of 24 months for the basic label and over 10 years for the most important reserve in the house, the Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore.
What is Trentodoc?
Instituted in 1993 Trentodoc is the first DOC in Italy and the second in the world dedicated exclusively to the Classic Method. Giulio Ferrari’s dream to create the highest quality sparkling wine in Trentino is reflected today in the Trentodoc designation, made up of 40 different wineries joined together in one collective brand. The regulations are composed of strict rules of production: high quality grapes from well-defined locations in Trentino, stipulation of the Classic Method as the only process for production and a lengthy period of aging on the lees. The grape varieties included under the regulations are Chardonnay, Pinot Nero, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Meunier.