Alpha Zeta was founded in 1999 when we set out to produce a range of clean, balanced, fruit-driven wines from the hills outside Verona. UK wine importer, David Gleave MW and award-winning New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson, work closely with growers to obtain high-quality grapes. The resulting wines are modern, yet steeped in the history of Valpolicella and its surrounding territory.
All Alpha Zeta wines are made from grapes grown on the hills north-east of Verona, in the Valpantena and Alpone valleys. Cool breezes blow down the valleys from the foothills of the Dolomites, making the area ideal for cultivating vines. Both the cool currents and the proximity to Lake Garda help moderate the climate, giving a long growing season so the grapes ripen slowly, helping retain their aromatic compounds and acidity.
Through reducing yields and picking later, the Alpha Zeta wines retain their ripe flavours in the finished wine. Clean and fresh, varietal typicity shines through in the glass. They offer great value, quality and balance, making them benchmark examples of Garganega, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Corvina, Rosato, Soave and Valpolicella. These stapes of Veneto winemaking are bright and concentrated, faithful to these traditional, easy-drinking wine styles.
We also make a Ripasso and Amarone, styles which represent the pinnacle of winemaking in the Valpolicella. The cru Pinot Grigio, from the nine-hectare 'Terrapieno' single vineyard, is the result of Matt's close co-operation with local growers. It was awarded the By The Glass Trophy at the Sommelier Wine Awards in 2019.