The Zenato family, owners of the Sansonina estate, recently commissioned Erik R. Trinidad, one of the top food-wine-travel bloggers working in the U.S. today, to write a post about Lugana, its history, and its unique place in the world of fine wine.
“Enter Sergio Zenato, who, in 1960, believed in Turbiana’s potential,” writes Erik. “Zenato was so passionate about the underrated vine that he began harvesting it for wine production, cultivating what eventually became Lugana white wines. He reached a major milestone within the decade. In 1967, his Lugana wines received DOC status, deeming them unique enough to have their own designation, and ensuring their quality and authenticity with 90 to 100 percent Turbiana grapes.”
It’s a wonderful resource for info about one of Italy’s most exciting yet still unknown appellations.