The indigenous Negroamaro variety is another part of the heritage of the Salento area, so deeply imbued with history. This is a red with an extraordinary tannic texture, which remains impressed on one’s consciousness thanks to the depth of its purple highlights and its generous, easy-drinking style. It expresses all the warmth of earth from which it comes in the wealth of sensory nuances it displays: notes of roses, of strawberry preserve, of rosemary. It matures in the cellars in 65-hectolitre casks for a year, before resting for some time in bottle where its opulence becomes tempered to a degree. It is like a summer’s day, happy and sunny, at the first sip; like a glimpse of spring, with its attractive and inviting freshness, as one finishes one’s glassful. Drink it with the joy of discovery and with the respect due to this new frontier of Puglian quality wine.
A wine with an excellent body particularly adapted as an accompaniment for red meats, including horsemeat, a typical local specialty, and herbed and aged cheeses.
THE NEW GENERATION With its close ties to the land for the past seven generations, the Zonin family heads the largest private vine growing and winemaking company in Italy (and one of the most important in Europe as well). Domenico Zonin, President of ZONIN1821, since 2014, took over from his father Gianni Zonin, who has run the company since 1967 for forty years, transforming it from a local dimension to being one of Italy’s most important wine producers and an established, well- known brand all over the world. VINTNERS SINCE 1821 The heart of the company is located in Gambellara, in the province of Vicenza, an oasis of lush green hills, meticulously arranged vineyards, and also the ancestral home of the Zonin family. This history has manifested itself in the vicissitudes, the hard work and the inspired decisions of a family whose name is inextricably linked to passion for the land, its vines and wine. In the historic headquarters of the Company, the Zonin family began to produce wines on a small scale in the early 1800s. In the next century, ”Commendatore” Domenico Zonin would initiate an aggressive marketing strategy. This dynamic man, born in 1899, lived to the venerable age of 101, technically spanning three centuries. His youthful spirit bore witness to dramatic transformations of a way of life that evolved into modern present day in which a seventh generation of the family runs the firm. Today the Zonin family honor their family’s historical passion for the vineyard, the sine qua non for producing high-quality wines, by including ”Vintners since 1821” on their logo. The wooden wine press, located at the entrance hall of the Zonin’s headquarters in Gambellara, dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. In fact, the construction of wine presses, the way they work, and the system they use for pressing the grapes have essentially remained unchanged since early Roman times.