Zanatta Winery and Vineyards, located in Glenora, is four minutes southwest of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Glenora comes from Scottish origin meaning “golden valley”, which perfectly describes the Cowichan Valley. The winery, which opened in 1990, is part of a 120 acre farm with thirty acres being dedicated to the vineyard and the remaining 90 acres consisting of hay fields, pasture, forest and old orchard trees.
Loretta Zanatta, Italian educated winemaker, and her husband, Jim Moody, also own Vinoteca on the Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar which is also located on the vineyard. The original 1903 farmhouse that houses the restaurant was restored as closely as possible to its original state by Ileana Zanatta, mother of Loretta Zanatta. Loretta and her husband believe there is no greater satisfaction than pairing their fine wines with food made from the harvest of their own land.
The wines available at Zanatta Winery and the restaurant are all 100% produced from the fruit grown at the vineyard. These wines include: Glenora Fantasia Brut – a sparkling wine made from 100% Cayuga grapes and then aged a minimum of three years; Fatima Brut ’05 – a sparkling wine made from Pinot Gris grapes; Allegria Brut Rosé – a sparkling wine aged a minimum of 18 months with a rich, fruity body and just a hint of strawberry and raspberry aroma; Taglio Rosso (Brut) – a sparkling wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Castel grapes; Ortega – a fruity full-bodied dry white wine which makes an excellent combination with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine; Pinot Grigio – a full bodied dry white wine which pairs well with rich white meats and seafood; Damasco – a light and fresh fruity bouquet with a slight effervescence makes this a perfect wine with appetizers or just for sipping; Pinot Nero – aged in a combination of new and old French barrels give this wine subtle oak flavors with a hint of vanilla, tobacco, black pepper and raspberry.
Zanatta Winery and Vinoteca on the Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar open April 1, 2010, for the season. The winery’s fine wines can also be bought in Cowichan Valley at Beverly Corners and the Cowichan Valley Inn Beer and Wine shop or in Greater Victoria at Swans Beer and Wine Shop. Zanatta’s will ship out full case orders only of their wine. Please contact the winery by telephone at (250) 748-2338 or by mail at 039 Marshal Rd, Duncan, B.C. V9L 6S3. You may also email Zanatta’s regarding any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Zanatta Winery web Site is at www.zanatta.ca