Gallura is a region in Sardinia known for its granite rocks that are shaped by the wind, the rain and the sea, where most of the land is relatively infertile and barren. Towards the north, however, there are extensive areas covered with vineyards. It was here that in 1975 Bruno Zanatta, a young oenologist from Treviso, started out on his career, acquiring in-depth knowledge of the terrain and of Sardinian soil. In the course of thirty years of his passion for wine, Bruno Zanatta found, together with his son and daughter, what can be considered a true family-run enterprise. In 2003, the Zanatta family bought, what would be the starting point of a fruitful winery, 20 acres in a hilly area in Sardinia, about 300 metres above sea level. There, two varieties of vines were planted, Vermentino and Cannonau. A few years later, in 2005, the Zanatta decided to expand their plantation by investing in a 100-acres sea level terrain, located in the center of the Gallura area (Northern Sardinia). Patience, dedication, and love throughout the years transformed this piece of land into fertile ground to produce their Vermentino di Gallura DOCG and Cannonau di Sardegna DOC. Bruno’s dream became reality when, in 2008, the construction of the winery was completed. Daily commitment in conjunction with years of experience and professionalism are only a couple of features of this tenacious family-owned business. Vigneti Zanatta proves that the union of two allegedly distant lands can result in a winemaking tradition of excellence.
Vines are grown all over the island of Sardinia, but it is from Gallura (“stony area” located in northeastern corner) where many of the better wines originate. The whole island benefits from the briny nature of the strong, sea air, yet Gallura is particularly unique as the soil is build upon a foundation of Granite and the sandy soil which is derived from weathering of the granite hillsides.
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