Zenato is located in San Benedetto di Lugana, twenty-five kilometers (15 mi) west of Verona on the shore of the fascinating and oneiric Lake Garda.
The winery owns seventy-five hectares of vineyards in Lugana and Valpolicella, where the soil is morainic and the climate is mild. The winery was founded by Sergio Zenato and his wife, Carla, in 1960.
Zenato makes white and red wines that exemplify the founder’s passion for the land and its history, respect for the environment and devotion to promoting the local grape varieties for half a century.
The winery quickly grew a solid reputation for high-quality wines made from the local grape, Trebbiano di Lugana. Then, beginning in the 1990s, Sergio extended his horizons, buying land and making wines in Valpolicella at the Costalunga estate in Sant’Ambrogio. Here, Corvina and Rondinella are cultivated, the two varieties at the base of the famous Amarone della Valpolicella.
The winery’s flagship wine is Ripassa, a Valpolicella Superiore DOC created in a unique method: the best selection of Valpolicella wine is “passed over” the still-warm marcs of the dried grapes used to make Amarone wine. This ancient method was rediscovered in the 90s by Sergio Zenato and produces an intense wine rich in body, colour and aroma. Today, Zenato is represented by the founder’s children, Alberto and Nadia.
Valpolicella Ripasso Doc Superiore Ripassa
Winery visits and wine tastings
The tour begins among the historic vineyards of the Zenato family in Lugana. Immersed in the greenery between the vine rows, you will admire Lake Garda and the Morainic hills before visiting the cellar to find out how native grapes are processed and how the winemaking process works. You will then visit the two rooms dedicated to Amarone, the King of Valpolicella, and the underground winery, the oldest section of the cellar, where our red wines rest.
Here you will have the chance to discover and experience first hand the two different soils of Lugana and Valpolicella, which bring our outstanding wines to life. The tour ends with a tasting of Zenato wines in a truly impressive setting, surrounded by the family’s “libraries” where the most valuable vintages are kept. The tour ends with a tasting of your choice.
Italian and English
Amarone, Valpolicella, Ripassa, Lugana
Guided winery tours, Guided wine tastings, Guided vertical tastings