Estates

Barboursville

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POINTS OF INTEREST

• Connections with the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, symbolized in the central octagon drawing room.
• Pre-eminent wine is red, because its consistent core varietals.
• Soils of varying mixes of clay and alluvial calcareous deposits.

ESTATE

Name: Barboursville
Location: Situated on the broad, rolling plateau and foothills of the Southwest Mountains in the Virginia Piedmont.
Soil: Varying mixes of clay and alluvial calcareous deposits.
Climate: Temperate mid-Atlantic weather of our growing region, this estate presents the viticulturist with a dynamic mosaic of growing conditions.
Training System: Cordon Spur and Guyot.
Vine Density: 4,000 plants per hectare (1,615 vines per acre).
Varietals: Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese.

HISTORICAL NOTES

Barboursville Vineyards is the original vinifera winegrowing estate in the Monticello viticultural area of the Virginia Piedmont, and has lead in proving the viability of Thomas Jefferson’s dream for the production of wines of European derivation and style in this region. Originally founded in the 18th Century as a diversified agricultural plantation by the prominent Barbour family, the estate has repeatedly made itself synonymous with leadership in the Commonwealth. As Virginia’s Governor, Senator, Ambassador and Cabinet Secretary, and second-generation heir to the estate, James Barbour exerted an influence in the shaping of early national affairs second only to that of his good friends and close neighbors, Jefferson and James Madison, and was an innovative President of the Albemarle Agricultural Society. With the planting of this vineyard in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, 6th- generation winegrower from Gambellara, Italy, the estate resumed a regional leadership which had been established 200 years before, achieving the viticultural destiny envisioned at the same time.

Dos Almas

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TWO SOULS CONNECTED BY A SINGLE PURPOSE: CREATING PERFECT HARMONY.

Dos Almas – new adventure that follows our vision of developing and expanding the relations between people and territories through wine. Dos Almas wines come from 3 different renowned areas: Colchagua – about 100 miles South to Santiago, with a mosaic of soils, composed by granite, volcanic, clay and schist, influenced by warm, breezy and dry climate, that bring stony minerality, raw power and structured balance to wines; Casablanca – heading West toward the Pacific ocean from Santiago, with vineyards shrouded in fog, salty air and cool breezes, where white grapes and cool climate red grapes are the headliners; and Maipo – Chile’s most historic wine region, with grape plantings dating back to the time of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and now home to Chile’s greatest Cabernet-based wines. Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Moscatel, Sauvignon Blanc

 

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Abbazia Monte Oliveto

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“A Magical Estate at the Picturesque Hill Town of San Gimignano”

POINTS OF INTEREST

• The soil originated from prehistoric ocean floor.
• Olivetan monks chose the site for the vineyard in 1340.
• The estate’s exclusive grape variety, Vernaccia, was the first wine to be awarded the DOC status in Italy.

ESTATE

Name: Abbazia Monte Oliveto derives its name from the medieval abbey, which lies atop an orchard hill.
Location: The estate is situated in the heart of the rolling hills in Siena, Tuscany, approximately one mile from the picturesque town of San Gimignano. The property has a total of 49 acres, 37 of which are dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: 1,089 ft. above sea level
Soil: yellow sand and clay, marine in origin with good drainage
Climate: continental, 39°F – 41°F in the winter and 93°F in the summer
Training System: Cordon Spur
Vine Density: 2,500 vines per hectare
Varietals: Vernaccia di San Gimignano

HISTORICAL NOTES

Abbazia Monte Oliveto was originally an abbey built by the Olivetan monks in 1340. The monks cultivated Tuscany’s most highly prized olive varieties: Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino, as well as the fames Vernaccia di San Gimignano varietal, which proces one of the most renowned white wines in Italy. These wines have been admired throughout history; the Italian poet Dante Alighieri even praised their excellence. Over the centuries, Abbazia Monte Oliveto has remained relatively unchanged. Today, the breathtaking view of San Gimignano’s towers can still be seen from the vineyards. The Zonin family acquired the property in 1981. Since then, they have been committed to preserving this historical landmark for future generations.

Castello del Poggio

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"Piedmont's Iconic Estate Once Ruled by the Knights Templar"

POINTS OF INTEREST

• The landscape of the vineyards is a natural bowl shape, called an "arena", and has its own microclimate, which produces unique wines.
• The estate takes its name from the medieval fortress that dominated the property from the 11th and 12th century.
• The northernmost part of the estate is known as Temple Valley for the Knights Templar, who once protected Castello del Poggio.

ESTATE

Name: Castello del Poggio's name honors the original castle built in the village of Poggio.
Location: The estate is situated entirely in the town of Monferrato; It lies within the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont's finest wine regions. The property has 430 acres with 390 acres dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: Approximately 656 ft. above sea level.
Soil: Calcium rich clay and alluvial gravel with good drainage.
Climate: Mild continental with temperatures ranging from 39°F – 41°F in the winter to 86°F in the summer.
Training System: Guyot.
Vine Density: 4,500 vines per hectare.
Varietals: Barbera, Dolcetto, Grignolino, Merlot, Moscato, Brachetto

HISTORICAL NOTES

Castello del Poggio is located in Piedmont, one of the most prestigious wine growing regions in the world. The estate, which belonged to the noble Bunéis family, takes its name from the medieval fortress that once protected the border of the city of Asti, which served as one of the most powerful Italian communes during the Middle Ages. For centuries, the Knights Templar protected the northernmost part of the estate; this area is currently known as the Temple Valley. The Zonin family acquired the estate in 1985 and has spent considerable resources on revitalizing the iconic winery to what it is today. Not only is it the largest contiguous vineyard in Piedmont, the estate also maintains a certain degree of sustainability and produces 28% of its energy needs.

Tenuta il Bosco

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“Sophisticated Sparkling Wines Made from Pinot Noir”

POINTS OF INTEREST

• Ninety prevent of Tenuta il Bosco Estate is hillside property, which is drenched in abundant sun exposure, thus, producing optimally matured fruit.
• Tenuta il Bosco was originally a Benedictine monastery.
• The Estate was once the private vineyard for members of Milanese high society.

ESTATE

Name: The name Tenuta il Bosco can literally translated to mean “estate in the forest”.
Location: The estate is located within the Oltrepò Pavese DOCG zone of Lombardy in the Province of Pavia, which is approximately an hour from Milan. The estate has 375 acres dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: 328 ft. – 655 ft. above sea level
Soil: topsoil is comprised of chalk and clay over a layer of marl
Climate: Mediterranean sublittoral, 39°F – 41°F in the winter and 86°F in the summer
Training System: Guyot or Spurred Cordon
Vine Density: 4,100 plants per hectare
Varietals: Malvasia, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Moscato, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Croatina

HISTORICAL NOTES

Tenuta il Bosco is located in Zenevredo, a small town in the Province of Pavia. The history of viticulture in Oltrepò Pavese dates back to the time of the barbarians, whose originals can be traced beyond the River Po. Over the centuries, claims to the lands have been disputed between some of history’s greatest powers: France, Spain, and Austria. Eventually the region fell under the reign of Maria Theresa of the House of Habsburg, who ceded the area to the crown of Sardinia. In 1987, the Zonin family acquired the estate. They have since taken great strides in revitalizing local varietals and developing elegant and crisp sparkling wines, which have earned Oltrepò Pavese numerous accolades.

Ca’ Bolani

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"The Largest Single Vineyard in Northeastern Italy"

POINTS OF INTEREST

• Similar to vineyards in Tuscany, Bordeaux, and Napa Valley, the Ca'Bolani Estate is part of a rare "alpha climate".
• Until the 1950s, a quaint community centered around an ancient fountain surrounded the vineyard, where many inhabitants led a self-sufficient lifestyle; the fountain has survived and still remains at the heart of the estate.
• Nine hundred ninety-nine cypress trees frame the estate.

ESTATE

Name: The Ca'Bolani Estate is named after the noble Bolani Family, and is conveniently located on Bolani Road.
Location: The estate is situated within the northeastern district of Aquileia in Cervignano del Friuli, which lies between the Alps and Adriatic Sea. The estate is approximately two hours from Venice. The property has roughly 2,500 acres, 1,500 of which are dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: sea level
Soil: clay vein and alluvial gravel with good drainage
Climate: similar climate to that of Bordeaux, France and Napa Valley, CA; 39°F – 41°F in winter and 86°F – 89°F in summer
Training System: Spurred Cordon, Guyot, and Double Tuscan Capovolto
Vine Density: approximately 3,600 – 5,500 vines per hectare
Varietals: Glera, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Tocai Friulano, Traminer Aromatico, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Müller Thurgau, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso

HISTORICAL NOTES

Ca'Bolani is located in Friuli at the heart of the Aquileia DOC appellation. The property includes the Molin di Ponte and Ca'Vescovo estates, whose roots date back to the 16th century. The noble Bolani family originally owned the property. Their most influential family member, Domenico Bolani, was the prosecutor for the Venetian Republic in Friuli. In 1970, the Zonin family acquired Ca'Bolani, bringing it to the forefront of winemaking in the region. With 1,500 acres of vineyards, it is the Zonin family's largest property and the largest single vineyard in Friuli.

Castello di Albola

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“The Highest Vineyard in Chianti Classico”

POINTS OF INTEREST

• The high altitude vineyards add a greater elegance, aromas, acidity, and more structured tannins to the Estate’s wines.
• The Acciaiuoli family of Florence built the Castle in the 15th century.
• The name “Chianti” derives from two possible words: the Etruscan family name, “Clantes”, who introduced grape growing to the region from the 7th and 8th centuries or from the sound “clangor”, which describes the blaring of trumpets used during the hunting season.

ESTATE

Name: Castello di Albola [Cass-tell-oh dal-bo-lah] is the name of the castle in the village of Albola.
Location: The property is situated only 30 minutes outside of Siena in the commune of Radda in Chianti. It has the highest elevation of any vineyard throughout the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation. There is a total of 2,100 acres, 390 of which are dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: 1,150 ft. – 2,150 ft. above sea level
Soil: clay and limestone, with good drainage
Climate: continental, 39°F – 41°F in the winter and 86°F in the summer
Training System: Spurred Cordon, Guyot, and Double Tuscan Capovolto
Vine Density: 5,000 vines per hectare
Varietals: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Canaiolo, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia del Chianti

HISTORICAL NOTES

The Castello di Albola Estate is situated in Radda at the heart of the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation, where the legacy of grape cultivation dates back to the time of the Etruscans. The Acciaiuoli family commissioned the estate to plant its lofty vineyard in Chianti Classico in the 15th century as a symbol of their high status. Over the centuries, many noble Tuscan families have owned the property, and the estate has earned various accolades for its wines. In 1979, the Zonin family acquired Castello di Albola promising to uphold the estate’s excellence for future generations. The wines produced in Castello di Albola have earned the iconic “Gallo Nero” symbol from the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium, which guarantees the highest standards in winemaking.

Principi di Butera

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“Discover Sicily in the Heart of the Mediterranean”

POINTS OF INTEREST

• The dark soil is sown with international varietals, such as Merlot, Cabernet, and Chardonnay; native varietals, such as Insolia and Nero d’Avola, are grown in the light soil.
• King Philip II of Spain bestowed upon Ambrogio Branciforte, who owned the estate, the title of Prince of Butera in 1543.
• Our flagship wines are planted in particular parcels of land, running east to west, as opposed to the more commonly held practice of planting vines north to south.

ESTATE

Name: This expansive estate is located on the noble lands, once owned by the Prince of Butera.
Location: Feudo Principi di Butera is situated in the southeastern part of the Province of Caltanissetta, making it apart of the DOC district of Riesi, Sicily. The estate is approximately two hours from the city of Palermo, Sicily’s regional capital. The property has 334 acres dedicated to vineyards, as well as 3,000 olive trees.
Elevation: 740 ft. above sea level
Soil: Calcareous with layers of fine clay
Climate: Mediterranean, 46°F – 50°F in the winter and 82°F – 95°F in the summer
Training System: Spurred Cordon
Vine Density: Approximately 4,850 vines per hectare
Varietals: Chardonnay, Insolia, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Nero d’Avola, Petit Verdot

HISTORICAL NOTES

Feudo Principi di Butera is a historical estate, which once belonged to noble families, such as Sicily’s first prince, Ambrogio Branciforte; The Prince resided there beginning in 1543. More recently the Zonin family acquired and restored the estate in 1997 after conducting thorough research on the best-suited areas for the cultivation of Nero d’Avola grapes. Its proximity to the sea, optimal elevation, and abundance of sunlight combined with its rich soil and hilly terrain provide ideal conditions to yield outstanding wines.

Rocca di Montemassi

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“Experience the Mediterranean Coast of Tuscany”

POINTS OF INTEREST

• Rocca di Montemassi estate is a "milestone" in the history of Maremma.
• The soil, which is predominantly clay-based and is almost devoid of silt, is perfect for allowing the vines to gain access to all their nutrients, whilst also retaining rainwater in the spring so that it can be of use later during very dry spells.
• The area is bathed by the sun’s rays all the way from Montalcino to Bolgheri (by the sea), thus providing the vines and grapes with ideal light.

ESTATE

Name: Rocca di Montemassi
Location: The estate is situated in the heart of the rolling hills in Siena, Tuscany, approximately one mile from the picturesque town of San Gimignano. The property has a total of 49 acres, 37 of which are dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: 50 and 100 meters above sea level.
Soil: Predominately clay-based, which helps the vines absorb nutrients.
Climate: Maritime, characterized by warm days and cool nights. This area is bathed in intense sunlight, providing the vines and grapes with light and creating perfect conditions for stunning wines.
Training System: Cordon Spur or Double Guyot      
Vine Density: 5,000 vines per hectare.
Varietals: Sangiovese, Vermentino, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot

HISTORICAL NOTES

The Etruscans were the first to plant vines in our lands and our ties to the vines have not faded since. In fact, ours vines have been present from the times of the Romans to the Aldobrandeschi, from the Salinbeni to the Bichi and from the Malaspina to the modern times of the 18th century. The Estate, has been the property of the Zonin family since 1999. 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.

Zonin

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A HISTORY OF VINES: VINE-GROWERS IN GAMBELLARA SINCE 1821

Zonin has become, in the course of the last century, one of the leading brands on the Italian and world scenes, thanks to the passion and devotion to wine production of the Zonin family. Theirs is a family that has retained an intimate link with its roots: the land and vineyards of the hills of Gambellara, in the heart of the Veneto Region. Here the Zonin Company produces a wide range of wines: classic D.O.C.G. and D.O.C. wines, traditional I.G.T.s and refined sparkling wines. These are types of wine that underline the exclusivity of their terroirs and the characteristics of the varietals from which they are made.

OUR REGION AND VINEYARDS

The headquarters of the company are in Gambellara; an oasis of vineyards and verdant hills lying on the border between the Provinces of Vicenza and Verona. Gambellara is in the heart of one of the most important areas in Italy for the historical, cultural and architectural heritage, and which has also been recognized by UNESCO: Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet; Vicenza, the city of Palladio; and Venice, the city of the Serenissima, with its renowned palazzi and villas.

Masseria Altemura

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"Discover the Simplicity of Puglia"

POINTS OF INTEREST

• Reflective limestone fragments warm the grapes.
• The word 'masseria' means self-sufficient fortified farm.
• This is one of the few vineyards that has an underground river.

ESTATE

Location: The property is located in Salento in the heart of the Puglia
Name: Fortified Farm named Altemura
Location: The property is located in Salento in the heart of the Puglia region, between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea, approximately an hour from Lecce. The property has about 750 acres, 370 of which are dedicated to vineyards.
Elevation: 230 ft. above sea level.
Soil: A mixture of clay and chalky gravel.
Climate: Maritime, characterized by warm days, cool nights and northerly winds. Temperatures range on average from 48°F in the winter and 80°F in the summer.
Training System: Guyot, unilateral method.
Vine Density: 5,500 vines per hectare.
Varietals: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Aglianico and Fiano.

HISTORICAL NOTES

In the 4th century B.C., the history of Masseria Altemura began with the construction of the Santa Susana Tower. Masseria Altemura, similar to other masserias, was a fortified farmhouse in Puglia that served the purpose of protecting the land and its resources from foreign invaders. In 2000, the Zonin family acquired the property and restored it to its original splendor. The family has gone to great lengths to preserve the estate's underground river, century old olive groves and the region's winemaking traditions for future generations.