CARLO FERRINI is an Italian oenologist. He was born in Florence to Giovanna and Donatello, a bus driver. Ferrini graduated from the University of Florence’s Faculta di Scienze Agrarie (Faculty of Agrarian Science) in 1978. His thesis concerned the microbiology of alcoholic fermentation. Having also gained a qualification in agronomy, Ferrini began working for the Chianti Classico DOCG’s consorzio (grower body) and in 1986 became its Technical Director. His most noted contribution concerned the Chianti 2000 project which aimed to upgrade the Chianti Classico zone’s Sangiovese vineyards with more up to date clonal material when replanting existing and historically low density vineyards at much higher density ones. In 1992 Ferrini turned freelance consultant, working in Tuscany and further afield (Friuli, Sicily, Abruzzo, Trentino). In 2000 he was the Gambero Rosso’s Winemaker of the Year. In 2008 he became the Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year.
CLIENTS Ferrini has consulted to Barone Ricasoli, Brancaia and Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti Classico, Casanova di Neri and Talenti in Montalcino,
ESTATE WINERY Ferrini founded and owns the Podere Giodo winery in Montalcino. He also owns vineyards in the Etna region of Sicily.