They were the first in the region to bottle and sell typical Veronese varieties such as Valpolicella Ripasso, Recioto and Soave on a large scale, and innovative cultivation techniques (Guyot method for high-density, low-yield) and enological innovations (such as the Ripasso method, a second fermentation of Valpolicella created by “passing over” Recioto grape skins) brought them national and international recognition for winemaking quality.
Today, Gaetano Bertani, great-grandson of founding brother Gaetano, continues the Bertani family tradition with his sons Giovanni and Guglielmo. Guided by years of extensive wine-making experience and a continuing spirit of exploration, new labels produced from international grape varieties including Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay stand alongside the more “classic” lineup of the region’s fine wines like Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore and Amarone Classico. Dedication and passion, respect for the vineyard and years of experience combined with a constant pursuit of the latest advancements in oenological technology come together to produce wines of timeless elegance, authentic expressions of the territory.
To produce the fine wines of longevity, elegance and balance for which Tenuta Santa Maria is known, meticulous care in the vineyards, sustainable agricultural methods minimizing the use of chemicals, and scrupulous attention to detail accompany every phase of the winemaking process. Wines are produced from grapes grown in three of the most characteristic terroirs of the Veronese region: Villa Mosconi Bertani in the Valpolicella Classica (Negrar), Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve in the Illasi Valley, and Grezzana in Valpantena.
Combining traditional methods, advanced technology, exceptional vineyards and experience passed down through generations of family tradition, the Bertani family continues to produce wines that express “elegance over strength; complexity as an expression of our terroir…because each wine should reflect its territory.” says Gaetano Bertani.