(PEDEMONTE – VERONA) One of the oldest companies in the whole Veneto region that has made itself known for its red wines Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella Santa Sofia.
Santa Sofia’s History and Terroir
Santa Sofia among the oldest Venetian companies – 1811-, is located in the hamlet of Pedemonte , in the municipality of San Pietro in Cariano in the province of Verona in the north east of Italy, in the Valpolicella Classica . Its cellars are located inside the noble Renaissance villa built by Andrea Palladio in 1560, Villa Sarego, also called Villa Santa Sofia , which since 1996 has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the other residences built by Arch. Palladium.
Valpolicella is made up of three areas, distinctly different from each other due to their morphological and geological nature and to the vegetation present. The northern part is characterized by a mountainous area that forms the wide plateau of the Lessini, where pastures and livestock find their natural habitat, while the vineyards are located in the hilly area located further south. This area is the Classic one and the most suitable for the cultivation of vines and where Santa Sofia is located, while in the southern part we find a flat area that thanks to reclamation and irrigation works now boasts cultivations of vegetables, peach and cherry trees, as well as vineyards .
The Philosophy of the wines of Santa Sofia
The company has been managed by the Begnoni family since the 1960s and Giancarlo Begnoni, a winemaker graduated from the Conegliano School of Enology, was the proponent of what today is the reality of Santa Sofia, in fact he began to vinify Corvina grapes in a very short time , Corvinone, Rondinella and immediately laid the foundations for those wines that currently make the Sanata Sofia winery, one of the landmarks of this highly esteemed area.
in the photo: Giancarlo and Luciano BegnoniThe history and the wine translation of this company is expressed through the excellent wines produced, such as the unmistakable Amaroni. The first Amarone label dates back to 1964, which Santa Sofia has produced only 17 times since then and only when conditions allow the winery to create a truly superior quality label. A painstaking work, which in collaboration with his son Luciano Begnoni, continues, confirming the family tradition and the great value of these wines, which have now crossed national borders, so much so that the winery currently exports 80% of its wines to more than 60 countries in the world, produced on 53 hectares, distributed in the municipalities of Marano, Fumane, Negrar and San Pietro in Cariano, which are among the most representative of the denomination.
The wines of Santa Sofia
The line is well organized, thanks to the techniques, the highly specialized staff and the scrupulous division made in the cellars that date back to different historical periods and visiting them is a journey through history. In the oldest ones there are large Slavonian oak barrels, in which some of the most important red wines mature: Amarone, Valpolicella Superiore Montegradella, Arlèo, Predaia, Valpolicella Ripasso. In the most recently built cellar, there are steel tanks, suitable for the maturation of the youngest and freshest wines: Bardolino, Bardolino Chiaretto, Soave, Lugana, Custoza, Pinot Grigio, Merlot Corvina. In the cellars of the 16th century, under the Palladian villa there are the barriques, barrels in Allier oak, for the maturation of the Amarone Gioè reserve and the wines Arlèo, Predaia, Valpolicella Superiore Montegradella, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Soave. They are wines that have character, of all respect and that really leave an indelible mark for their quality.
Amarone della Valpolicella ‘Gioe’
|Appellation:||Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG|
|Grapes:||Corvina and Corvinone (80%), Rondinella (20%)|
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Info & Contacts Santa Sofia
Address: Via Cà Dedè, 61, 37029 Pedemonte VR
Tel: +39 045 770 1074