In the ancient Veronese tradition, “tinazzi” were containers similar to barrels where pressed grapes were placed to ferment: the Tinazzi family is thus connected to wine even through the origin of their name. This curious anecdote is only the beginning of the history of Tinazzi, which starts at the end of the 1960s in Cavaion Veronese, on the shores of Lake Garda, thanks to the passion and commitment of Eugenio Tinazzi.
Gian Andrea Tinazzi, the son of the founder, gradually expanded the company’s horizons both in terms of production and markets to the current prominent Group which extends between Veneto and Puglia.
Nowadays, Gian Andrea’s son and daughter Giorgio and Francesca work alongside their father in managing the important production group based in Lazise, on Lake Garda.
Over the years, Tinazzi family business has changed and grown: it used to sell DOC wines from the Veneto region to local clients only; now it’s a much bigger Group, spread between Veneto and Puglia and exporting in 55 countries worldwide.
The family intuition has led the company to become one of the most compelling enterprises in Italian viticulture, with over 100 hectares of vineyards and a wide range of initiatives related to rural culture and hospitality.
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In 2001, during a visit to Salento, Gian Andrea Tinazzi discovered Tenuta Feudo Croce and immediately understood the potential of its local native vines, mainly Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. A few months later, the family decided to invest in this new region and bought a property of about 20 hectares, on which the current Feudo Croce farm was built just a few years later.
This line, which recalls the large farm, the “masseria”, is devoted to tradition and dedicated to the territory of Manduria and of Salento in general. This devotion to tradition is mainly found in the agricultural practice of cultivating the vines “ad alberello” (head-trained bush vines) and in the very fruity aromas and flavours of the wines characterized by a high alcohol content.
Some of the winery’s leading wines are Imperio LXXIV, Primitivo di Manduria Dop, Megale, Negroamaro Salento Igp, Malnera, Merlot Black Igp Malvasia, Alèa, Malvasia Bianca Puglia Igp, Sole di Puglia, Rosso Puglia Igp.
Primitivo di Manduria Dop “Imperio” 2019
The top wine in the Feudo Croce range is the Primitivo di Manduria DOP Imperio LXXIV, where the Roman numeral celebrates the foundation year for DOC Primitivo di Manduria: 1974.
The 2019 Imperio LXXIV Primitivo di Manduria wine from Puglia has been awarded by the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competitions.
100% Primitivo di Manduria, “Imperio” is one of our main products that has won several awards including, Decanter, Falstaff, Berliner Wine Trophy, Luca Maroni and Vini Buoni D’Italia.
The vintage of 2019 – a Beautiful vintage – it is a smooth, full-bodied wine. Its rich characteristics are the complex aromas of ripe red fruit, spices and chocolate and a slight balsamic note, combining the tradition of ancient vineyards and the warmth of a region of great charm like Puglia in the glass.
Tinazzi Italian Experience
The Tinazzi family created the Tinazzi Italian Experience, a wine tourism initiative that has the objective of attracting wine lovers of all ages from all over the world.
In addition to Wines, tourists can discover the pleasure of food and cuisine, friendship and conviviality, life in the vineyard and the relationship with the seasons.
There are various options enabling you to get to know places of an unspoilt beauty such as Tenuta Valleselle on the hills of Lake Garda or Masseria Feudo Croce in Salento, a stone’s throw from the sea.
Tinazzi wines have gone on to receive important international awards, such as those from renowned magazines by the likes of Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Decanter, but these are only the final piece in their long history. Tinazzi has been exporting abroad since 1984, starting from Germany. Nowadays, over 90% of production is directed abroad, with particular attention to Russia, where Tinazzi ranks among the top Italian wine exporters. Its other international markets are, in order, USA, Switzerland, Germany, China, Benelux, Denmark and Scandinavian countries.
The market is in constant growth, due to great research that aspires to the absolute quality of the product.
A peculiarity: #ITALIANO BIO
Choosing organic wine means being more attentive to and respectful of the environment, a choice that translates into paying a higher attention to the quality of life: our life and that of our families.
This is the reason why Tinazzi decided to produce organic wine after 50 years of traditional winemaking. Because Organic wine is the future.
For Venetian and Apulian organic wines, we have created labels linked to nature – birds for Veneto and butterflies for Puglia – and a sustainable packaging characterized by Bordeaux bottles with a thin glass and Stelvin caps. The design of the labels is reminiscent of spring, the open air and the colour of flowers. The dialectal wine names bring to mind rural culture and the return to the territory of origin.
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