The Azienda Santa Sofia has its headquarters and cellars in Pedemonte (Verona), in one of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of the Valpolicella Classica. The origins of the Villa date back to 1560, thanks to the prestigious architect Andrea Palladio. Since 1996, Villa Santa Sofia has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the other mansions designed by Palladio.
As early as the mid-19th century, Santa Sofia was already known for the excellent quality of its wines, which were produced from carefully selected grapes from the most suitable and best exposed areas of the surrounding hills. Over the years, Santa Sofia has built and maintained a reputation that has seen it successfully grow from what was a 'small winery of great quality' to a company that is rightfully among the most important and significant wineries in the Veronese area, pursuing a 'strategy of excellence' - as Giancarlo Begnoni likes to call it.
This has enabled the company to position its wines in more than 60 countries around the world, thanks also to the skill of Giancarlo's son Luciano, who now runs the company together with his father.
Recently, the company purchased new land in Valpantena, in the locality of Briago, thus becoming the owner of a total of 53 hectares and expanding its future prospects.
Today, the Begnoni family enthusiastically lives its role as witness and guardian of this great winemaking tradition.
Already in the mid-800, the company was known for the excellent quality of its wines. The wines are produced from grapes carefully selected coming from the most suited and best exposed hillsides in the surrounding area. But the wine tradition of the place has more ancient origins: part of the old cellars were already used for the ageing of wine in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Over the years, Santa Sofia has built up and maintained a reputation which has seen it increase successfully from a "small estate with high quality" to a company which has become one of the most significant realities in the Veronese winemaking world, pursuing a “strategy of excellence” – as Giancarlo likes to call it. Focused on the tradition and on the importance of maintaining wines with a very easy-drinking style, he applies itself also in the selection of wines from other Verona areas.
All that allowed Santa Sofia to position their wines in more than 50 countries around the world.
The company has recently bought a new vineyard in Briago, Valpantena, reaching the goal of a 53 hectares propriety.
Today the Begnoni family lives enthusiastically their role as witnesses and guardians of this great wine tradition.