Each week on a Tuesday and a Thursday in the run up to Fizz Feast we’re focusing on one of our fabulous exhibitors to give you a flavour of the treats in store at Fizz Feast on Saturday 17 November.
You may well be aware that Prosecco is particularly popular in the UK, but did you know that we are extremely important Prosecco players, having consumed a third of all Prosecco produced last year? Another important player in the Prosecco world is the wonderful family-run company Zonin, who we’re excited to be welcoming back to Fizz Feast for the third year running.
The Zonin story started in 1821 when the second child of ten, Domenico Zonin planted all his family’s land with vines. Who would have anticipated that almost 200 years and seven generations later, Zonin would be both Italy’s largest privately-owned winery and the largest Prosecco vineyard owner, thus becoming one of the World’s most important wine companies. Zonin may well have grown considerably but the company is still proudly run by the Zonin family. Today brothers Domenico, Francesco, and Gianni are at the helm.
Historically, Prosecco originated in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia and was the name of the grape variety which made this hugely popular Italian sparkling wine, produced all over Italy. However, naturally keen to protect Prosecco’s heritage having the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia succeeded in having a law passed in 2009. This law stated that Prosecco could only be made in the DOC or DOCG classified regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia in North East Italy. The grape variety name was changed from Prosecco to Glera and nowadays Prosecco must be made from 85% Glera. Elsewhere in Italy this sparkling wine is now generally known as Spumante.
With Zonin owning 4,500 acres under vine and 11 estates across Italy, it should come as no surprise that there’s a superb range to explore. Zonin is not all about Prosecco and traditional method sparkling wine, but also an esteemed choice of still wines. The sparkling range extends from the well-known Zonin 1821 signature Prosecco to a Black, White and Grey collection then onto the “Oltrenero Brut Nature” style which has almost zero residual sugar. Come and try this range for yourself and have a chat to the team at Zonin who will be looking forward to seeing you at Fizz Feast this year.
If you can’t wait until Saturday 17 November, then a trip to The Wine House 1821 on Edinburgh’s Picardy Place is thoroughly recommended. Here you can surround yourself by books and wines from Italy in the relaxing library designed by Zonin and enjoy a glass or two, or more, from the extensive wine list.
Fizz Feast is a true Celebration of Sparkling Wine & Artisan Food being held on Saturday 17 November at The Edinburgh Academy on Henderson Row. There are two sessions to choose from 12-3pm and 4-7pm.
Tickets are available from £22.50 and Masterclasses are from a modest £5. Find out more.
Keep an eye out for a flavour of another Fizz Feast exhibitor in the next Fizz Feast Taster blog on Thursday.
If you’d like to find out more about Prosecco DOC then join us at our Wine Workshop when Neil Phillips the Prosecco DOC Guru will be joining us and we’ll be tasting through an extensive selection of Prosecco. Find out more