Alberto Zenato is in charge of the Zenato wines, from vine to bottle. He inherited his vision of wine from his father: to create exceptional native wines in Lugana and Valpolicella, and continue his family heritage and business. His father and predecessor, Sergio Zenato, lay down this philosophy as well as a few other milestones for the wines of the region. He was the first to age the Trebbiano in oak barrels and rediscovered the Ripasso method in the 1990s which led to it becoming a DOC in 2010.
Alberto owns vineyards in Lugana and Valpolicella, both in the region of Veneto in Northern Italy. The vineyards are situated just northwest of the town Verona, very close to the Lake Garda. The foothills of the Alps descend along shore of the lake. The San Benedetto de Lugana vineyard lies on a terrain of solid limestone, chalk and clay soil, on the eastern shore of the lake. The climate surrounding the lake is mild, thanks to cool alpine influences. In contrast, the Garda lake acts as a natural reservoir for heat at sea level, and the vineyard sits on a soft slope in the centre of these two natural, atmospheric currents.
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