Sartorial splendor

To ensure a steady supply of good-quality wine to his hotel in Verona, Pietro Sartori bought a small vineyard and a cellar in 1898.

sartori winery (photo credit: )
sartori winery
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To ensure a steady supply of good-quality wine to his hotel in Verona, Pietro Sartori bought a small vineyard and a cellar in 1898. He founded the Sartori winery in a 17th-century villa among the hills of Valpolicella in the heart of the classic area famous not only for its wines but also for the picturesque landscape and the diverse cultural destinations. As excellent wines were soon produced at the establishment, the clientele grew rapidly. Regolo, Pietro's son, turned wine-making into the main occupation of the family. In the 1960s Regolo's sons Pier Umberto and Franco, thanks to their acute marketing abilities, brought the company to international recognition, initiating the export of Veronese wines. Today Andrea, Luca and Paolo, representatives of the winery's fourth generation of business spanning more than a century, continue to increase both quality and quantity of production of the wines. The Sartori family has helped the Verona wine region of Italy achieve a reputation for high quality throughout the world. This is the result of combining modern techniques in viticulture and bottling with the knowledge of the company's traditional wine-making methods. Their products include the area's historic Amarone, Valpolicella, Bardolino and Soave, as well as international varietals such as Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. In partnership with the I Saltari winery, Sartori is introducing two new premium wines imported by the Scottish Company to Israel: Valpolicella Superiore 2001 and an Amarone 2000. The vineyards of I Saltari are located in Turino and in the Mezzane Valley, east of Verona. They are dedicated exclusively to the classic grape varieties indigenous to the region: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Croatina. The Sartori family named their winery after the mercenary vineyard guardians, saltari, who left an inscription on the ceiling of one of the vaults of the historic cellar in 1709. They were hired by vineyard owners from the 16th through the 18th centuries to protect their grapes from thieves. The choice of the name reflects the winery's own dedication to upholding tradition and maintaining these vineyards' unique territory. Their goal is to emphasize the small wine-producing areas around Verona and enhance the local viticulture and wine-making. 2001 I Saltari Valpolicella Superiore D.O.C. Rich ruby red in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, currants and hints of tobacco. On the palate, it displays excellent structure with supple tannins and fruit flavors. Its long finish is characterized by vanilla and cherry. NIS 110 (not kosher). 2000 I Saltari Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C Deep ruby in color with violet hues, it has a rich bouquet with spice and hints of dried figs, wild cherry and herbs. Full bodied, with flavors wrapped in supple tannins. It has a long finish with pleasant velvety balsamic overtones. NIS 335 (not kosher).