Zenato Lugana San Benedetto DOC is an Italian white wine made from grapes grown near Lake Garda southeast of San Martino della Battaglia.
Cantine Zenato 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 Lugana San Benedetto DOC is made from 100% Trebbiano di Lugana grapes from vineyards planted to the south of Lake Garda. The grapes are harvested at the end of September by hand. They grapes undergo a gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 16-18°C. The wine is then rested for another 4 to 5 months in stainless steel prior to bottling and a further 2 to 3 months in bottle prior to release.
For the wine nerds, there is a certain amount of discussion as to what Trebbiano di Lugana actually is. Is it a distinct variety called Turbiano or is it another name for Trebbiano di Soave, whatever it is it makes great white wine. There is a good article about Trebbiano / Turbiana at the Fringe Wine Blog and at the Wine, Wit and Wisdom Blog.