Pietro Sartori purchased his first vineyards in Negrar, in the heart of Valpolicella, in 1898. From these modest beginnings, Sartori di Verona has grown into one of the most prominent Veronese producers still in family hands.
While embracing innovation in pursuit of higher quality, the company remains focused on producing authentic wines made from traditional grape varieties that truly reflect the regional terroir.
Today, Sartori wines are sold in more than 50 countries, representing 80 percent of overall production. The original estate and the family home, Villa Sartori, remain at the core of the company’s identity.
The company is led by the affable and accomplished Andrea Sartori, representing the fourth generation of the Sartori family. After time in the U.S. and managing the domestic market, he assumed the role of president in 2000.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Andrea has assumed key roles with both national and regional wine-related institutions. Currently, he is president of Consorzio Italia del Vino, president of Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella and serves on the board of directors of FEDERDOC Roma — the voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting the authenticity and integrity of Italian wine appellations.
Another pivotal personality on the Sartori team is Franco Bernabei. Viewed by many as Italy’s leading winemaking consultant, Bernabei has been working closely with Sartori di Verona’s team for the last six years — reshaping existing wines and creating new releases.
“I make it my mission to uncover the individual nature of every wine I work with and give it self-expression,” says Bernabei. “Individuality begins in the soil.”
In keeping with the prestigious 120th-anniversary theme, Sartori has chosen to release commemorative wines in handsome retro-style bottles — reflecting the image of an earlier era. All three wines present rare depth, concentration and authentic appellation character.
Sartori Valpolicella Superiore DOC, 2016 ($29.99, NSLC, 1031962)
The wine shows refined notes of spice on the nose, displaying depth of dark fruit with a discernible whiff of clove. Succulent dark cherry and plum flavours are lush and full, with good amplitude and generosity on the palate, finishing with agreeable bitter cherry bite.
Sartori Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC, 2015 ($32.77, NSLC, 1031963)
This “ripasso” (refermented on the un-pressed skins of just fermented Amarone) wine reveals elegant dark fruit and a whiff of cinnamon and clove on the nose with striking fleshy ripeness, classic full-bodied dark cherry, and fine plum flavours on the palate. The palate is supported by a balanced tannic grip along with an attractive touch of sweetness and a classic bitter cherry bite on the long finish.
Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, 2012 ($65.50, NSLC, 1031964)
The well-structured, deftly wine exemplifies the richness and character of Amarone. It uncovers the great depth of developed dark fruit, clove and a subtle dusting of cinnamon on the nose, opening the way for powerful dark fruit flavours showing rich black cherry and blackcurrant, generously rounded tannic structure and deftly balanced acidity. The finish is long, spicy, lightly sweet, complex and deeply satisfying.