Santa Sofia ‘Montegradella’ Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015


The bold and enticing nose is wide, well balanced and refined, redolent of prunes and maraschino cherries, mixed spiced (cloves) and vanilla. The structure is firm with silky tannins caressing the palate, alcohol and freshness are extremely well balanced, the finish is long and clear with a pleasant touch of bitterness.

Made from Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes. A technique used for making Amarone wine has been used here, leaving the grapes out to partially dry for 45 days prior to pressing. This concentrates the sugars, don’t think this wine is sweet though, its not, its actually dry and beautifully balanced. After fermentation part of it is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months while the rest is aged in large, slavonian oak barrels, traditional to the area.

A wine sitting between the eminently drinkable Valpolicella Classico and its big and bold brother Amarone. Enjoy the ‘Montegradella’ with red meats, mushrooms, or even with chicken in rich sauces, it is also a formidable match with cows cheese specifically Bitto and Monte Veronese.



Located in the beautiful hilltop town of Pedemonte, the superb noble villa at Santa Sofia dates back to 1560 with ancient cellars that are both damp and rustic, ideal for the ageing of red wine in large (1000+ litres) Slavonian and Allier oak barrels. The Begnoni family purchased the estate in the 60’s and have always employed a “strategy of excellence” with their wines.