Located in Virginia, Barboursville Vineyards was established in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, a 7th generation winegrower from Gambellara, Italy whose family has been making wine since 1821. Barboursville Vineyards was one of the first wineries in the state and was also the first to grow vitis vinifera in Virginia. Italian born Luca Paschina is the winemaker and general manager. A graduate of Italy’s Istituto Umberto I, he produces small-lot, handmade wines in the Italian tradition in other words, food-friendly wines, with moderate tannins and solid aging potential. The estate consists of 900 acres, of which 162 are planted to vine on red clay. They grow French and Italian varietals. In short vintages, estate fruit is supplemented with purchased fruit from three growers in Lynchburg, Shenandoah Valley and Orange County, Virginia. Named after Barboursville Mansion, the manor was designed by Thomas Jefferson and was home to Virginia’s Governor Barbour until it was destroyed by fire in the winter of 1885.
|Marinated grilled sardine with salsa verde
Gnocchiwith grouper, green olives and light tomato sauce
Steamed mussels with saffron, white wine, and fresh tomatoes
|Casa Vinicola Zonin is one of Italy’s most important privately-owned wine-producing companies and is also one of the foremost worldwide. It distributes and markets the still and sparkling wines under the Zonin label as well as those of the family’s nine Estates.
Inspired by the principle “each region has its own traditions, each region has its own wines” Gianni Zonin has, since the end of the 1960s, been selecting outstanding terroirs, bringing Casa Vinicola Zonin to its present area under vine of around 2.000 hectares, supervised by a team of 32 oenologists and agronomists. These make up 9 Estates situated in Italy’s 7 finest Regions for wine production, as well as a property in the United States, Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia.
Different production areas, each with its own specific terroir and its own peculiarities in terms of climate and morphology, the experience and professionalism of our agronomists and oenologists and the choice of dynamic business strategies: these are the most important values on which our company’s philosophy is based.