Unmatchable scenery, historical remains that date back to the Middle Ages, villas and castles of exceptional beauty and hillsides adorned with vineyards: it is in the midst of such surroundings – in the heart of Chianti Classico – that we find Castello d’Albola, built in the 15th century by the Acciaioli and transformed during the Renaissance into a splendid country estate. The property of the Zonin family since 1979, Castello d’Albola, which stretches out over an area of 850 hectares of which 157 are vineyards, once belonged to Tuscany’s most aristocratic families: the Acciaioli, the Samminiati, the Pazzi and the Ginori Conti. The castle’s historic underground cellars, the (still intact) mediaeval hamlet and the new winery – an authentic gem of avant garde architecture – form an unforgettable destination for wine-loving tourists.[/fourcol] [fourcol]
CASTELLO DI ALBOLA
Via Pian d’Albola, 31
53017 Radda in Chianti (SI)
Tel. +39 0577 738019
Fax +39 0577 738793
Restored to its ancient splendour by the Zonin family that has owned it since 1970, the Estate lies in the countryside near Aquileia, famous for its wines ever since the time of the Roman Empire. An authentic jewel in Friuli’s wine production sector, with the greatest area of vineyards in Northern Italy (550 hectares under vine) - Ca’ Bolani is capable of producing both elegant white wines and richly-structured reds, among which the Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, the indigenous variety of Friuli par excellence, stands out.
The Il Bosco Estate is situated in the Oltrepò Pavese, a zone that has always represented, for Italy, the area of choice of the legendary Pinot Nero variety. Since 1987 the Estate has been the property of the Zonin family, which has invested primarily in the main grape varieties of the Oltrepò such as Bonarda and Pinot Nero. The latter forms the base for the famous Metodo Classico sparkling wines that mature in the Estate’s underground cellars.
The property of the Zonin family since 1985, Castello del Poggio is a splendid estate of 180 hectares – of which 158 are planted with vines – in the magical area of the Monferrato, near Asti. The ancient mediaeval fortress, which once belonged to the noble Bunéis family, looks out over the Valle del Temp, an extraordinary natural amphitheatre that was the property of the Knights Templar in the 14th century and is today completely given over to the cultivation of vines.
Situated at San Gimignano, the famous town of many towers, in an area of Tuscany that is renowned throughout the world and dominated by the 14th century abbey built by Olivetan monks, Abbazia Monte Oliveto produces, in its 20 hectares of specialized vineyards, one of the oldest and most prestigious wines of Italy: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG. The property of the Zonin family since 1980, the estate also comprises an olive grove with over 2000 trees of highly-prized olive varieties such as “Frantoio”, “Moraiolo” and “Leccino”, from which a refined Extra Virgin Olive Oil is obtained.
Unmatchable scenery, historical remains that date back to the Middle Ages, villas and castles of exceptional beauty and hillsides adorned with vineyards: it is in the midst of such surroundings – in the heart of Chianti Classico – that we find Castello d’Albola, built in the 15th century by the Acciaioli and transformed during the Renaissance into a splendid country estate. The property of the Zonin family since 1979, Castello d’Albola, which stretches out over an area of 850 hectares of which 157 are vineyards, once belonged to Tuscany’s most aristocratic families: the Acciaioli, the Samminiati, the Pazzi and the Ginori Conti. The castle’s historic underground cellars, the (still intact) mediaeval hamlet and the new winery – an authentic gem of avant garde architecture – form an unforgettable destination for wine-loving tourists.
The Estate, which has been the property of the Zonin family since 1999, is situated at the foot of the hills of Montemassi, in the Tuscan Maremma, in the heart of a unique terroir lying between the Tyrrhenian shoreline and the last offshoots of the metal-bearing hills. The property covers 430 hectares, of which 160 are planted with vines, in the Monteregio di Massa Marittima D.O.C. zone. The new winery, constructed following careful conservative restoration of the existing buildings, is surrounded by vineyards, cluster pines, olive trees and a small natural lake and is perfectly integrated into its environment. On the Estate one also finds the “Museum of Rural Civilization”, created by Cavalier Gianni Zonin and his wife Silvana, which represents a major contribution to the Maremma area as well as, bearing witness to the oldest and most authentic traditions of rural culture and civilization in Tuscany.
If it is true to say that the etymology of the place-name Salento conjures up forceful images like those of the sun, salt and soil, the Masseria Altemura project has succeeded in highlighting these elements, summoning up the essence of this area so as to express its natural qualities to the full. The estate, which has belonged to the Zonin family since 2000, lies in the heart of the Salento Peninsula, halfway between the Seas that lap against Puglia’s shores, the Ionian and the Adriatic, and covers around 300 hectares, of which 150 are planted with vines. This favourable geographical position, characterized by pleasant sea breezes and very intense sunlight, is yet another positive condition for the cultivation of vines.
Feudo Principi di Butera is situated within the Riesi D.O.C. area, in the Province of Caltanissetta. This ancient Estate consists of 320 hectares of land, of which 180 have been newly planted with vines : it now represents one of the largest winemaking investments made by the Zonin family, which bought it in 1997. The historic property that once belonged to the Branciforte Princes and to the Lanza di Scalea family is now equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking plant and is committed to producing world-class wines that express all the soul and strength of the unique land that is Sicily.
The Barboursville Vineyards estate is in Virginia, one of the most important states in the U.S.A. from a naturalistic, cultural and historical point of view. In 1976, in an area that history destined for viticulture, Gianni Zonin realized the dream of Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President, by creating a large grape-growing estate on the East Coast : it covers an area of 500 hectares, of which 90 are planted with vines. Barboursville Vineyards is also the site of the refined Italian restaurant “Palladio” and the historic cottage “The 1804 Inn”, a popular destination for splendidly relaxed holidays in the midst of the vineyards.
Podere Il Giangio is the historic vineyard of the Zonin family, who have had their roots in Gambellara, for over two hundred years. (This small town in the Veneto has been famous for its white wines at least since the 1300s, as documented in Pier De Crescenzi’s treatise “De Agricoltura”). The family’s vineyard lies at an altitude of 250-350 metres above sea level on steep terraced hillsides, on a soil of volcanic tuff hat over the centuries has transformed itself into earth that is fertile and rich in mineral salts. It is the ideal habitat for expressing the characteristics of the ancient Garganega variety, whose clone here has loosely-packed bunches of golden-hued grapes.
The passion, the competence and the vision that – generation after generation – a family has displayed since 1821 have made the Zonin brand a model for wine production in the Veneto, Italy and Europe. Today Zonin is a unique company with the mission of exporting the culture of Italian wine around the world.