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Wine of the Week: Ferrari-Carano, An historic Sonoma brand spreads its wings

Dwight Casimere | 6/11/2020, noon
Ferrari-Carano, the well-respected historic Dry Creek Valley winery, which is one of the original historic wineries of Sonoma County, is ...

Ferrari-Carano, the well-respected historic Dry Creek Valley winery, which is one of the original historic wineries of Sonoma County, is on its way to bigger and better things.

In a record-setting deal, estimated to be at nearly a quarter of a million dollars, the property is to be acquired by legendary vintner Bill Foley as part of his ever-expanding Foley Family Wines. The acquisition will make Foley the third largest vineyard owner in Sonoma County after E and J Gallo and Jackson Family wines. The deal more than doubles the vineyard acreage owned by Foley in Sonoma County.

Ferrari-Carano is famous for its Fume Blanc and produces one of Sonoma’s most prestigious Chardonnays. The winery is also a trailblazer in the wine hospitality industry, being among the first to venture into the wine tourism trade with the establishment of Villa Fiore, an Italian villa tasting room adjacent to the winery and later purchasing Vintners Inn and the adjoining restaurant, John Ash and Co. in the Russian River Valley.

“We are delighted to add Ferrari-Camano to our family, “ Foley said of the deal. “Their established reputation for quality wines, their dedication to responsible environmental stewardship, and their commitment to exceptional hospitality are all perfectly aligned with our priorities.”

Ferrari-Carano was founded in 1981 Don and Rhonda Carano, who worked for hotel and casino group Eldorado Resorts. As well as Sauvignon Blanc, the producer also makes wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and, in a nod to the founders’ Italian heritage, Sangiovese.