The roots of Maison Ferraton Père & Fils are to be found in the vineyards of Hermitage where the winery first began their long history of winemaking in the Rhône Valley, home to the Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne varieties. The decision to use biodynamic methods has become an essential requirement for the maison's work now. At present all their estate wines are made using grapes cultivated with biodynamic methods from terroirs in the north and south of Côtes du Rhône, from Côte-Rôtie to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The history of relationships between people and the land is woven with every generation and Maison Ferraton's story started back in 1946 when winemaker's son and oenologist Jean Orëns Ferraton chose the sunny Rhône Valley to start writing his history. His son, Michel, would go on to inherit his passion for wine and add a new dimension to their vines. With the help of family friend Michel Chapoutier, who brought his know-how to the project, they created the first Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph de Ferraton wines.
They converted the vineyards to organic agriculture in 1998, before taking the step into biodynamic agriculture later – today a key aspect of their winemaking philosophy and a precise expression of the winery founder's passion for the land and the work of a domaine faithful to its terroirs. At present, the young team running the winery still maintain the enthusiasm and vitality of winemakers who live for the land and its fruits, winemakers who are keen observers and open to innovations, but also respectful to the wine traditions in this region.
Maison Ferraton Père & Fils now cultivates grapes and makes wonderful wines in many prestigious areas around Hermitage: Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Cornas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu and Tavel. Made here, their Sélections Parcellaires wines represent the peak of their work, an incomparable representation of the charming, and limited, wines their biodynamic vineyards are home to.