Our family history

Four generations of wine producers.

Chi siamo - quattro generazioni della famiglia Zanasi

Over one hundred years of passion and experience have driven Zanasi family to produce wine for four generations…

It all began in 1883 when Luigi Zanasi was born. He was a servant and a worker in the grounds of the great land owners of the time, in what was an era marked by hunger and misery, where supporting a family was a difficult task.

In 1900 Luigi was not only working in the fields, but was also producing wine, having transformed his little farm home into a humble winery with eight small wooden barrels, capable of producing about 50HL of wine, which he distributed to inns in the surrounding towns, with the only use of a small cart pulled by his faithful horse.

In 1919, Bruno Zanasi was born and from a very young age he was introduced to the world of agriculture, so as to make him learn the trade which had already been launched by his father, but from which he had unfortunately to be detained at the age of eighteen when he was recruited for military service at the start of World War II.

In 1952, once war and imprisonment were over, Bruno Zanasi got married, and two children were born: Marinella, in 1954 and Luigi (named after Bruno’s father, who had passed away by that time), in 1959.

However, Bruno did not resign himself, and his passion and his love for agriculture and farming, as well as his father’s teachings, led him to buy (1957) a piece of land in San Vito which had an area of almost 10 acres.

It was during this period that the first industries were born, and as a consequence young workers, who were attracted by this innovation and the prospect of a higher wage, started to abandon farming and working in the fields. Nonetheless, Bruno’s entrepreneurial instinct impeded him from abandoning the dream he had been pursuing. In fact, in 1978, with the  support of his children, he bought another 11 acres of land from Count Ranuzzi dei Bianchi of Bologna. And that was just the beginning of a new company!

Over time, the Zanasi family restructured its estate, buying other plots of land near Castelnuovo, Castelvetro and Spilamberto.

Today, at Zanasi company beside Marinella and Luigi (who is now also the owner of a pig farm for the production of Modena and Parma ham, along with a barn, where milk is processed for the production of Parmesan Cheese), works Marco, Bruno’s grandson, who, thanks to the teachings of his grandfather who prepared him with patience and passion for the procedures required in the processing and producing of wine, nowadays leads the company and continues what his grandfather built with hard work and sacrifice. Also Matteo, his brother, despite deciding to work by choice in banking, enthusiastically helps Marco in the company every time he has the possibility to do so.

This is the story that has been passed on over the years and that now enters the homes of those who still enjoy to share what the Zanasi family has been able to create with innovation and authenticity…The masterpiece of a lifetime, that will keep on being passed on from generation to generation…