Gaetano Zeni, referred to as Nino by everyone, was the real innovator of the modern era of the winery: a number of small and big changes initiated by him lifted the winery to its level of today. It was Nino who decided to move the production in the 1950s from the small winery in the historic centre of Bardolino to its present location,with more space and improved practicality, in the hills above the village with a spectacular view of Lake Garda. In the new winery he also decided to establish the wine museum to promote the culture and the story of wine growing and wine making.
The philosophy of the winery, which was implemented by Gaetano Zeni, is pursued today with the same enthusiasm and dedication by his children Fausto, Elena and Federica and includes in particular the meticulous selection of both vineyards and grapes.
The separate vinification of the grapes from the different wine areas is today still one of the fundamentals of the winery, giving the wines local character and high quality. The continuous improvement both in the production processes and in the winery’s management enabled the winery to obtain the UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 quality certification.
Deep ruby red in appearance. Full-bodied, with hints of black cherry and well-ripened fruit on the nose. Rounded, full-bodied and velvety on the palate.
Pair with red meats and game. Uncork the bottle at least half an hour before serving.
The best grapes are hand picked and collected in small crates and left to raisin in order to achieve a high concentration of sugar, extracts, aromas and glycerine. Raisining of the grapes lasts 4-5 months followed by traditional skin fermentation and 4-5 weeks maceration. The wine is aged in French oak barriques for 12-24 months, depending on the vintage, following by a short time in stainless steel vats.
James Suckling 92 Points.