- A story dating back almost two hundred years and seven generations, with its roots in Gambellara, in the heart of the Veneto region, a land with an extraordinary vocation for wine production: these are the origins of the Zonin Family, which today controls one of Italy’s – and indeed the world’s - most important private wine companies.
The Zonins are “Vintners since 1821”. About ten years ago, the new generation of the Family joined the company alongside President Gianni Zonin: his sons Domenico (38 years old) and Francesco (37), both Vice-Presidents of Casa Vinicola Zonin, have executive roles.
Domenico is responsible for technical and production matters, whereas Francesco looks after sales and marketing; Gianni’s third son Michele (34) supervises the qualitative aspects of the firm’s organization, such as that of financial control.
For the President, the family is a key concept even within the ambit of the company.
Even though the Zonin Family now owns over 1,800 hectares of vineyards in Italy’s outstanding vine growing areas, Cavaliere Gianni Zonin has not given up his family-style approach, both in his relationships with his colleagues and with the market.
- The Zonin family has been linked to the world of wine since 1821. The second child of ten, Domenico Zonin was born in Gambellara in 1899 in a family of small-scale vine-growers.
In 1921, he planted all his family’s land with vines and founded Casa Vinicola Zonin. At the end of the 1960s, Gianni Zonin joined the company alongside his uncle Domenico and, at the age of just 29, he became President of the company.
Ever since then, the company’s growth has been relentless.
Cavaliere Gianni Zonin put into practice a strategy based on the acquisition of estates and vineyards in Italy’s outstanding wine-producing regions, on the production of high-quality wines and on the implementation of sales and marketing methods that were always innovative and designed to meet the manifold demands and requirements of the marketplace.
At the beginning of the 1970s, therefore, in order to produce the most requested Italian wines from his own grapes, Gianni Zonin purchased his first estates. He began with Tenuta Ca’ Bolani, followed by Castello d’Albola in 1979 and eventually he ended up buying 9 estates in Italy’s finest vine-growing regions and a property in Virginia, thus anticipating the success of American wines around the world.
About ten years ago, the new generation joined the company in the shape of Gianni’s three sons Domenico, Francesco and Michele, who have now taken up the challenge of continuing the success of the Family’s business, thereby reinforcing – but with a modern and innovative approach – the values on which the philosophy of Casa Vinicola Zonin have always been based.
- Casa Vinicola Zonin, the company that manages the sale and distribution of the brands belonging to the Zonin Family, is one of the most important private wine firms in Italy and also one of the leading ones at an international level.
With a consolidated turnover in 2011 of 126 million Euros and 600 employees, Casa Vinicola Zonin has today a wide portfolio of high-quality wines.
These include those under the well-known Zonin label as well as the wines produced and bottled at the 9 outstanding Estates (Tenuta Ca’ Bolani in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Tenuta Il Bosco in the Oltrepò Pavese, Castello del Poggio in Piedmont, Castello d’Albola in Chianti Classico, Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi in the Tuscan Maremma, Abbazia Monte Oliveto at San Gimignano in Tuscany, Masseria
Altemura in Puglia’s salento Peninsula and Feudo Principi di Butera in Sicily) with a total of 1,800 hectares of vineyards, and at the splendid property called “Barboursville Vineyards”, located in the heart of Virginia, U.S.A..
Each well-organized estate is fully independent with regards to production and distribution, thanks to its ideal size of a minimum of 100 hectares each. Every single estate has its own winery at the centre of the property so that bottling can be carried out at the origin in the various DOC areas.
One of the most professional technical staff in Europe oversees production: 32 oenologists and agronomists. Each estate has its own oenologist and managing director, assisted by an agronomist for vineyard operations.