is owned by the Zenato family and has a long tradition of wine-making in the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy. Zenato Wines was established in 1960 by Sergio Zenato and his wife, Carla. The Zenato wine cellars are located at San Benedetto di Lugana, in the heart of the Lugana region, on Lake Garda. The Zenato winery
now consists of 75 hectares in total, 40 hectares in San Benedetto and 35 hectares in the Valpolicella Classico region at Sant’Ambrogio. Zenato Amarone is now a benchmark for quality Amarone and Zenato Bardolino
and Zenato Ripassa
are superb examples of Veneto red wines but they also produce very clean white wines like their Pinot Grigio and Lugana. Today the winery is in the capable hands of Sergio’s children, Alberto and Nadia, who have clearly inherited their father’s talents and wine-making passion. Zenato Amarone is a made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese grapes from 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 for 21 days; the wine goes into 300-litre French barrels and Slavonian oak barrels for maturation. The wine is aged for 30 months before bottling. Considered to be the king of the Veneto wines, this is a generous and pleasing award winning wine.
Zenato Amarone has a ruby red colour with deep, ethereal bouquet of tobacco and chocolate and smoky, dried fruit aromas. A rich, lingering and spicy palate with strong yet smooth and supple tannins.
Food & Wine match:
The perfect wine for all roasts and game, as well as for aged cheeses.
"Light tannins add subtle grip to this supple Amarone, framing flavors of sticky, sun-dried date, black cherry, and crushed black raspberry, with aromatic hints of sweet smoke, loose tea leaf and lots of ground spice. The finish is long and refined. Drink now through 2030." 93 Points, Wine Spectator