Zonin Wines is Italy's largest, family owned, vineyard and winemaking facility and produces around 25 million bottles per annum and they export all around the world.
Recently I was recommended the Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella, which was fantastic. Then I started noticing other Zonin wines are being stocked in a range of major retailers so I began trying as many of their other wines as I could find.
To date I've had the pleasure of enjoying the following Zonin wines:-
2010 Ripasso Valpolicella
2011 Regions Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
2011 Regions Nero d'Avola Merlot
2010 Regions Merlot
2011 Regions Soave
NOTE: All except the Soave are red wines for those not familiar with Italian wines.
What excited me about these wines is that not only are they all very good, everyday quaffing wines, they are all under $8 with the exception of the Ripasso Valpolicella which comes in at $17! That is some amazing value for a very drinkable, imported wine. The Monetpulciano d'Abruzzo and the Valpolicella are my two favourites and the Soave was my least favourite, but it was still very respectable for the money.
In the under $10 category I'd be hard pressed to think of many wines I've had in Australia that are as good. In researching this post I also learnt that 'Ripasso' is a winemaking technique that sees grape skins already used in the making of Amarone put over the Valpolicella to start a second fermentation. The word Ripasso in Italian translates to 'review' or 'go-over'. The result of this process is additional complexity and body given to the Valpolicella.
Moral of the story! I never would've picked up a Zonin wine without the recommendation of someone else and I want to pass this recommendation on with my glowing endorsement for these great value wines! Enjoy!