The New Generation
The present generation of leadership of this estate is the seventh in a family tradition in viticulture dating back to 1821. In 2017, after 40 years and more in planting Barboursville Vineyards and establishing it in the world of wine, Gianni Zonin transferred executive duties to the three sons he raised in this life’s work. Domenico, Michele, and Francesco Zonin (L-R) are steeped in his dedication and fluency in winegrowing, commerce, and law. Most importantly, the family’s devotion to the land and the people who sustain the Estate of Wine has been extended with the same foresight and energy which have always guided these vineyards.
Barboursville's resident winemaker since 1990, Luca Paschina of Piemonte holds the most diverse and extensive record of honors among all his peers in Virginia.
Our founding owner, oenologist Gianni Zonin of the Veneto, also produces wines in every primary growing region of Italy, in Piemonte, Friuli, Veneto, Lombardy, Puglia, Sicily, and at three estates in Tuscany.
In the winery, associate winemaker Daniele Tessaro contributes experience from the Collio region of northeast Italy, as predecessors have done from Friuli and as far away as the Margaret River in west Australia.
Viticulturist Fernando Franco is responsible for our many thousand vines and for the development of new vineyard sites. Raised and educated in El Salvador, he brings valuable experience from California and elsewhere in Virginia, to his 20 continuous years at Barboursville.