The Ferrara estate is located in the hills high above the gleaming Tyrrhenian Sea in the famed village of San Paolo di Tufo. The scenic Campanian village of San Paolo di Tufo lies at the heart of the Greco di Tufo D.O.C. at an altitude of 1,800 feet. The original Ferrara property dates back to 1880, when it comprised 40 hectares (88 acres). However, after more than a century of plot divisions among family members, this venerable estate now comprises a mere 6 hectares (a little more than 13 acres). Plans are underway to add an additional hectare, but production at Benito Ferrara will always remain meager and supply even smaller. Unfortunately for many consumers, the demand for Ferrara's handcrafted wines always outstrips their supply, and this is especially true for the two outstanding Greco di Tufos that Ferrara so lovingly crafts. However, there is, of course, a silver lining to this scenario — or rather a gold lining, in the case of Ferrara's Greco di Tufo. For those fortunate enough to covet a bottle or two of Ferrara's precious Greco di Tufo, they will be in possession of one of southern Italy's finest white wines. In short, they are in for a real treat.
The vineyards of Benito Ferrara are planted in a unique calcareous soil that is comprised chiefly of mineral-rich rock known as tufa — hence the name Greco di Tufo. Here, Greco di Tufo, the ancient white grape that the Greeks brought to Italy's Campania more than two thousand years ago, thrives. And like most of the diminutive, family-owned wineries just beyond the Amalfi Coast that fashion authentic Greco di Tufo, Benito Ferrara's vineyards dig deep into the hills of tufa from which the Romans mined sulfur. From hillside vineyards facing southward, kissed by the pure Mediterranean light and soft spray of the sea, Ferrara fashions the finest Greco di Tufo.
Italy's Campania retains the allure and magic of ancient mythology. From the mystifyingly beautiful Amalfi Coast that still manages to conjure visions of gods and sirens, pleasure and lore, to the volcanic, fog-shrouded spine of the Appenines that bisect the Italian peninsula, the Campania never fails to enchant. Known to the Romans as the Campania Felix, meaning the "joyous country" or the "face with an open smile," the Campania is the ancient province of the Roman Empire that sits just south of Rome and neighboring Latium. As its name implies, this region produces friendly, gregarious wines and an abundance of produce. At the height of the Roman Empire, the Campania served as the granary of Rome, supplying sustenance to the capital and provisions to the legions of soldiers and magistrates who administered the empire. Today, what could be more exemplary of the good nature and open character of the land and people of the Campania than Greco di Tufo?