Old Vines, Old Style from Veneto – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Old Vines, Old Style from Veneto


Christian Zanatta and his sister Marika are the fifth generation to run Ca’ dei Zago, a small estate in the hills near Valdobbiadene. They farm their 16 acres of vines according to biodynamic methods, and make just two wines. This one includes mostly old-vine glera, with small amounts of perera, verdiso and bianchetta Trevigiana. The fruit ferments spontaneously in concrete vats and the juice remains on the skins for two days, developing a golden hue as well as proteins that help to clarify the wine without fining. Second fermentation takes place in bottle and the lees are never disgorged, leaving a hazy wine that is bone dry yet packed with complex flavors of green apple and orange marmalade couched in a rich, creamy texture.

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Christian Zanatta keeps chickens and bees on the biodynamic Ca’ dei Zago estate.
Photos by Victoria Cagol

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Ca’ dei Zago 2019 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Frizzante a rifermentazione spontanea in bottiglia (Best Buy)

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is the Italian wine editor at Wine & Spirits magazine.


This story appears in the print issue of August 2021.
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