antine Zuffa is an organic winery placed at the bottom of the hills of Imola (Emilia-Romagna, Italy). The winery has now reached the 5th generation, its foundation dates back to the 18th century, ascribable to Ludovico Zuffa.
Augusto Zuffa is carrying on the tradition of the wine making process taken over from his father, by adding his own experience and innovations. The grapes are treated organically – no chemicals are used and the harvest is still done by hand.
The production is supported by 4 patents, of which one has been developed in-house. Technology and nature meet at the Zuffa winery, in order to get the best possible taste in your glass – you can truly taste the Soul of Italian wine.
THE SOUL OF ITALIAN WINE
The production at the Zuffa winery is based on unmovable milestones: the health of those enjoying the wine, the authenticity of the flavour, the love and respect for the surrounding territory, and the preservation of the regional, seasonal and natural tastes. Working organically makes it possible to combine, in one glass of wine, pleasure with the wellbeing of mind, body and spirit.
The soul that lingers in the winery is preserved through the unprecedented work of each generation: Marino Zuffa, after pursuing the bachelor in Business and Economics in Bologna in 1952 (at that time this was not a common achievement in Italy, especially for a farmer’s son), started a small farming company, recognising in those days the need to respect nature. From 1990, the winery became 100% organic; from 1993, Marino’s son, the 19 year old Augusto, started to support the winery; in 1999, Augusto took the company over, after pursuing the bachelor in Enology, and earning the organic certification for the Zuffa wines in 2000.
Augusto knew from the beginning that being organic is a commitment, and he had the chance to participate in the editing of the Organic Manual (“Il Manuale del biologico” – 2012), by writing an entire chapter about organic wine – a truly dedicated soul…
VINEA ZUFFA – EXPO 2015
It took Augusto 5 years of studies to create the Vinea Zuffa Official Expo 2015 wine – vintage 2012, made of 10 clones of the Sangiovese grape, aged 30 months in oak barrels made of Allier wood.
The wine has been analysed by the Italian Ministry of Health, and it highlights the 22 natural microelements that feed the mitochondrion cells, which are the energetic centres of every cell in our body and that are responsible for the wellbeing of body and mind.
With the realization of Vinea, the Zuffa winery earned a special place at the Expo 2015 – it was one of four wineries representing Italy, of which Zuffa was the only organic one.
Created by Marino Zuffa and produced since 1997, this wine represents the tradition at the Zuffa winery. The wine is obtained from local Albana grapes: the grapes are left on the cut shoots, the water evaporates, and the fruits dry out.
The result is a high concentration of sugar – from their pressing a wine is obtained that matches perfectly with cheese that is aged in grottoes or pits and that are served with jam or honey.
Marino and his hard work have been awarded: in 2012 the Elisa Passito has been ranked 3rd at the Rassegna Internazionale dei vini Passiti.
TRADITION, PRESENT AND FUTURE AT THE CANTINE ZUFFA
After water, wine is the most ancient beverage. It originates from the vines that are guessed appeared on Earth tens of millions of years ago (after the ice age), much time before mankind made its appearance (only thousands of years ago) – a theory that has been hypothesized thanks to the fossil records of grape seeds that have been discovered.
This beverage originated from India – the word “Wine” derives from the Sanskrit word VENA, which means “to love” – it has been brought to Armenia, then to Egypt, where wine was used during the sacred rituals, later on it spread into Greece, Etruria and into the Roman Empire and reached Gaul – until our modern days…
Augusto’s goal is to pass down his knowledge and tradition to the future generations: he will soon be father and he hopes that he will be able to impart his passion to his daughter – keeping in mind that wine does not stem from intellectual activity, it is rather something that humanity gave its own contribution to.