Azienda Zenato is owned by the Zenato family. Sergio Zenato founded
it in 1960, motivated by his passion for wine and by the devotion
to quality he had learned from his father Silvino.
This family wine business is founded on the values of the human
factor, of time, and of tradition, each and all of these linked
indissolubly with Valpolicella and Lugana, areas pregnant with history.
Sergio Zenato pours into the making of his wines his energy and
his talent, animated by an absolute passion for quality and by the
determination to constantly eclipse past results. He has poured
his efforts into the land as well, experimenting with new vineyard
plantings. The crafting of his wines becomes a kind of ritual, which
he celebrates together with his two children, Alberto and Nadia.
On the market, the Zenato name is synonymous
with Amarone. Sergio’s ‘quality over quantity’
approach results in benchmark Amarone and Amarone Riserva. But his
other red wines, Ripassa (a “mini- Amarone”using the
Ripasso process) and Valpolicella in particular, are possibly the
most typical examples you are likely to find of these classic Venetian
wines. Indeed, Zenato was voted among the Top 5 Red Wines Producers
in Italy at the 2004 London International Wine and Spirits Fair.
DOC San Benedetto
This Lugana is sourced from our estate vineyards in San Benedetto,
a village just south of Lake Garda, between the towns of Desenzano
and Peschiera del Garda.
We utilise a careful blend of the best grapes from lugana-variety
vineyards in the historic heart of the DOC zone.
It is a wine of appealing distinctiveness, releasing crisp, fruity
aromas that gradually expand to a rich complexity characteristic
only of Lugana.
The palate is rounded and generous, and has a wonderfully long,
Doc Classico Superiore
Produced from vineyards in the historic zone in the commune of Sant’Ambrogio,
from 85% corvina, 10% rondinella, and 5% sangiovese. Production
is traditional. The grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed, followed
by a 6-7 day maceration on the skins. The wine is kept in steel
until malolactic fermentation, followed by 12 months’ maturation
in 33- and 55-hl Slavonian oak barrels.
The nose offers supple fragrances of almonds and violets.
Crisp and dry in the mouth, well structured, with a lovely, velvety
Ready to enjoy now, but can be cellared a few years.
Valpolicella Doc Superiore
Zenato gives the name “Ripassa” to this wine, which
shares many of the characteristics of our Amarone.
As soon as the fermentation is completed of the dried grapes for
the Amarone, selected lots of Valpolicella are then “re-passed”
on the Amarone pomace, thus initiating a second fermentation which
increases slightly the alcoholic content and gives the wine deeper
colour, increased extract, and more complex aromas.
After 6 months’ bottle-ageing, the result is a rounded, velvet-textured
wine with rich, complex aromas of berries and an impressively lengthy
finish that seems to linger forever.
Ripassa represents one of the most important milestones in Zenato’s
della Valpolicella Doc Classico
The Amarone is a small jewel in our product line, made from outstanding
corvina, rondinella and sangiovese grapes of the Valpolicella Classico
zone, in the communes of Sant’Ambrogio, Negrar, Pedemonte,
Fumane, San Pietro in Cariano and Marano.
After being picked into small, 2.5 kg trays, the grapes are cleaned
and placed on drying mats for 4 months in dry, well-ventilated rooms.
In January they are finally crushed, then very slowly fermented
on the skins; the wine goes into 300-litre French barrels and Slavonian
oak barrels for maturation, followed by a year’s ageing in
bottle before release.
A wine of superb richness and majestic flavours.
The exceptional balance of all its components makes it ideal for
Riserva Sergio Zenato
Our family history has given rise to this Riserva, the result of
real passion for winemaking.
The fruit is from the Podere Massoni vineyards, with 15- to 20-year-old
vines and a very low average yield of 2.5 kg per vine. Harvest occurs
somewhat late, towards mid-October. Winemaking is carried out with
extreme care. The wine is fermented in barriques for 3 weeks, then
matured in small new oak for 4 months, followed by 6 months in steel
and 6 months in glass before release.
The wine exhibits a lively light gold, then opens to a rich, multi-layered
nose featuring nuances of blossoms, citrus fruit, and vanilla. A
beautifully balanced mouth offers stunning richness, then continues
through into a remarkably long, savoury finale.
A few years’ cellaring will be amply rewarded.
Riserva Sergio Zenato
Here is a new wine for us, offered for the sheer challenge of producing
an international variety competitor.
The most suitable grapes were selected from several vineyards in
the San Benedetto di Lugana area, and the wine was fermented in
oak and matured in new barriques for 6 months.
This Chardonnay was crafted to provide heightened sensory experiences,
rich aromatics, and a complex structure.
It is a rich, pleasurable wine in which all the elements of its
sensory complexity combine to create a powerful personality.
Riserva Sergio Zenato
A wine of great class, produced only in outstanding vintage years.
Corvina grapes, with the addition of some rondinella and sangiovese,
are selected literally vine by vine, and from only the oldest vineyards
in the Classico zone of Valpolicella, in the comune of Sant’Ambrogio.
We utilise the traditional fermentation techniques reserved for
all our Amarones, then the wine undergoes a lengthy maturation of
at least 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels.
This Riserva represents the most eloquent expression of our family
experience and tradition, fully a world-class wine.
Its qualities indicate a cellaring for even beyond 20 years.
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