While the Zanatta’s are 100% Venetian, their Vermentino and Cannonau are 100% Sardinian. It was in 1975 that the Sardinian adventure and career of the young winemaker Bruno Zanatta started, working and learning initially at third parties.
From the very beginning Bruno was interested in the Gallura region, the north-eastern part of Sardinia, where people speak a dialect very similar to that Corsica, only ten kilometres away.
When arriving at Olba by ferry or air plane, you can either follow the jet set towards the beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda, or you can head inland and admire the barren landscape with its granite rock formations, its dolmens and menhirs from prehistoric times, and… the vineyards. Vermentino di Gallura is Sardinia’s first and only DOCG sofar, gaining its status in 1996. Vermentino is said to have come from Spain, arriving in Sardinia at the end of the 19th century, and ten spreading out towards the coastal parts of Italy’s mainland.
Today, Vermentino is seen as Sardinia’s most successful white variety. Major production comes from cooperatives, while Zanatta is the largest private producer with eighty ha under vine: seventy ha of Vermentino and another ten ha planted with the red variety Cannonau.
Twenty hectares were bought in 2000 in the hilly area of Berchideddu, fifteen km south west of Olbia, at 350 metres above sea level. The other sixty hectares, with vines planted between 2006 and 2008, are situated at sea level. It is there near Olbia, where the cellars are located. A clean and smoothly working winery with a capacity of 7.000 hl. Around it, vineyards give way to centuries old cork trees and even to a dolmen.
Inside the winery Bruno’s son Marco can be found, who finished his studies as a winemaker at Conegliano in 2009. With an open mind, hard work and great enthusiasm, he is fully involved in the family– run company. So far, he makes Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Vermentino di Sardegna DOC and Cannonau di Sardegna DOC, but before long a Cannonau Riserva will be added to what Zanatta has to offer.