Santa Sofia is a third generation estate in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto in north-eastern Italy, one of this region’s oldest. It was founded in 1811. It makes Bianca di Custoza DOC, Lugana DOC, and Soave DOC white wines. Red wines include Bardolino DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC, and Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC.
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.
Spumante, Santa Sofia
Bianca di Custoza DOC
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.
Via Ca’ Dedè, 61
Fraz Pedemonte di Valpolicella
I-37029 San Pietro in Cariano (VR), Italy
Tel+39 045 7701074 | www.santasofia.com