It’s not just an honor for me, for my family and for those who work with us, but also for Italy. It’s a confirmation of how well Italians are working in both viticulture and winemaking. – Gianni Zonin
Miami, Florida (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
A wine industry pioneer, Gianni Zonin – Chairman and President of Casa Vinicola Zonin – was honored on Monday, January 27th with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards Gala Dinner in New York City at the Astor Hall & Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library. Together with his family, Gianni Zonin was present at the awards ceremony along with Luca Paschina - Barboursville Vineyards General Manager and Winemaker, Massimo Tuzzi - Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Chief International Officer, Steve Howard - Zonin USA National Sales Director, and Pietro Morelli, Zonin USA Marketing Director.
Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards honor individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine world. Gianni Zonin joins the ranks of celebrated individuals from around the world that have received the Lifetime Achievement Award like Miguel Torres, Baron Eric de Rothschild, Piero Antinori and Robert Mondavi.
With a professional career spanning over five decades and an innovative international vision, “Gianni Zonin has succeeded in an unparalleled number of achievements over the course of his lifetime,” stated Wine Enthusiast’s Editor and Publisher, Adam Strum, emphasizing that “being the first to look beyond not only his own Italian region, but across the ocean for opportunities in China and America, he embodies what it truly means to be a wine industry pioneer.”
Gianni Zonin was born in 1938, in Gambellara, in the Province of Vicenza, located in northeastern Italy. After earning a diploma in Oenology from the Enological Institute of Conegliano Veneto, he graduated with a Law Degree. In 1957, he joined Casa Vinicola Zonin, the family owned company of vintners since 1821, and he became president in 1967, at the age of 29. During his 56 years of leadership, he drastically expanded the company, acquiring 10 magnificent estates for a total of 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) in the 7 most prestigious wine regions in Italy as well as a world-class winery in Barboursville, VA.
Today, the Zonin family heads one of the leading private winemaking companies in Europe employing a total of 700 people and reported sales of 150 million euros, in 2013, with foreign markets accounting for 70% of total sales. Alongside President Gianni Zonin, his three sons Domenico, Francesco and Michele oversee different areas of the company: Domenico, technical and production management, Francesco, sales & marketing and Michele, financial control.
Proud to receive the 2013 Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement Award, Gianni Zonin said, “It’s not just an honor for me, for my family and for those who work with us, but also for Italy. It’s a confirmation of how well Italians are working in both viticulture and winemaking.”
About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.
Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China and Germany; exporting to more than 100+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Tenuta Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piedmont/Asti, Tenuta il Bosco located in Lombardy, Podere il Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Tuscany and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style. http://www.zoninusa.com
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