SANTA SOFIA is a third generation estate in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto in north-eastern Italy, one of this region’s oldest. The main wines are Lugana and Soave for white and Valpolicella for red.
OWNER | Luciano Begnoni (same name as his grandfather).
STAFF | Anna Caprini (Relazione esterni).
VINEYARDS | 50 hectares (123.5 acres) in Valpolicella of which 38 hectares (94 acres) in Valpolicella Classico and 12 hectares (29.6 acres) in Valpantena.
AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC, ANTICHELLO, | 2015 15%. 40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella. 24m in Slavonian oak. A lighter, crunchy style of Amarone, well put together, good entry level example with clear raspberry flavours mingling with a light touch of oak. Amarone is often accused of being a blockbuster, this wine shows it does not always need to be to be considered a success (tasted blind for Decanter in London 17 Jan 2019).
VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE DOC 2014 14%. Mainly Corvina = cherry, plums. 9m in Slav oak of 20, 30, and 50hl. Tobacco and chocolate. Lovely bright sweet fruit, ripe, balanced, modern, well done in a less weighty style when tasted during Collisioni, Barolo 15 July 2017.
Santa Sofia, Via Ca’ Dede’, 61 / Fraz Pedemonte di Valpolicella, I-37029 San Pietro in Cariano (VR = Verona), Italy / Tel+39 045 7701074 / www.santasofia.com