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Spumante (sparkling wine) owes its name to the froth (spuma) caused by the sudden release of part of the gas dissolved in the wine following the drop in pressure once the cork is pulled. The characteristic effervescence of sparkling wines is the outcome of a rather complex production process. The development of carbon dioxide that gives the wine its sparkle is achieved after vinification by means of refermentation in a controlled environment with the addition of sugars. There are essentially two sparkling wine production methods: the classic method, as used to produce Champagne with refermentation in the bottle, and the Charmat method that involves refermentation in sealed recipients.
Villa Sandi is located in one of the most renowned wine regions in Italy, the Prosecco area.
The winery headquarters is a Palladian villa dating back to 1622, representing the link between the magnificence of Venice and the countryside, the area known as the “Garden of Venice”.
The Moretti Polegato family, owner of Villa Sandi, have a long-standing wine-making tradition handed down from father to son. Vineyards have characterised the landscape of the area for centuries and the Villa Sandi Estates encompass the entire Prosecco area, from the DOC area to the Asolo DOCG gentle hills, to the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG steep slopes and to the special cru of Cartizze in Valdobbiadene. The winery Estates are "Biodiversity Friend" certified.
Three-century-old underground cellars stretch for over 1.5 km under the villa and create the perfect environment for wine aging. Here, “Opere Trevigiane”, a classic sparkling wine method, is stored to refine whilst the barrel rooms host the casks in which Villa Sandi red premium wines are aged.
Masi is a leader in the production of Amarone and has always been a passionate advocate of the values of the Venetian regions.
Masi’s story begins at the end of the 18th century, when the Boscaini family acquired premium vineyard sites in the small valley known as “Vaio dei Masi”, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica region. For more than forty years, the company has had an ambitious project to promote and perfect its historic viticultural estates, working with Conti Serego Alighieri, descendants of the poet Dante and owners of the estate with the longest history and tradition in Valpolicella, with Conti Bossi Fedrigotti, the prestigious brand from Trentino with vineyards in Rovereto and with Canevel, producing fine sparkling wines in Valdobbiadene. Masi also owns two organically farmed estates: Poderi del Bello Ovile in Tuscany and Masi Tupungato in Argentina.
Masi’s President, Sandro Boscaini, is the sixth generation of the family that has made Amarone one of the prestige names in Italy. His love for the Veneto’s king of wines has earned him the nickname “Mister Amarone”, a term first coined in a book dedicated to his career.
Masi has a recognised expertise in the Appassimento technique, a process dating back to the Ancient Romans and used to concentrate colour, sugars, aromas and tannins in wine. The company is one of Amarone’s most historic producers, having been the owner of prestigious vineyards and drying loft sites since 1772. In the 1950s, Masi was the first winery to introduce the concept of cru or single vineyard wines to Valpolicella. At the beginning of the 1980s, the Masi Technical Group revolutionised the art of producing Amarone, making it “a modern wine with an ancient heart”. The ultimate expression of this technical expertise is the Riserva di Costasera Amarone.
Today, Masi produces five different Amarones, the widest and most expertly made selection of such wines available on the international market.
Recent awards include 96 and 95 points from Wine Advocate for the Mazzano and Campolongo cru Amarones and recognition that Costasera Amarone is the “most popular” and “most frequently searched for” Amarone in the world, according to Wine Searcher. Furthermore, Masi was the first company from the Veneto to be asked to present a formal tasting of its wines at Wine Spectator’s Wine Experience event in 2014, when four decades of Masi Amarones from the unique and prestigious Cantina Privata Boscaini collection of valuable cru wines and great vintages were put on display.
Masi is an ambassador of Venetian Values and the culture of the Venetian regions internationally and its wines can be found in more than 90 countries in the world.
Although the company, Sirch, was founded in 2002, the family has been producing wine for over three generations. Sirch wines express a land with no constraints. The desire to produce “honest and simple” wine actually hides a belief in obtaining a subtle complexity that is rich in nuances.
Sirch seeks to rediscover the traditional style of Friulian wine, the result of respect for the land and almost exclusive appreciation of the vineyard work. The company is located in the heart of the “Colli Orientali del Friuli” DOC region, in Cividale del Friuli. A UNESCO world heritage site since 2011, Cividale del Friuli is one of the cooler areas of this renowned “terroir” which is particularly suited to white wine production. The colline (hills) stretch across the north-eastern part of the province of Udine, continuing north towards the Carnic Alps. The Mediterranean climate, at times continental, ensures a constant flow of air with significant daytime temperature variations that influence and enhance the variety of aromas of the vines. Nature has worked its magic in this part of Friuli, creating Marly hilly terrain where the vines are subject to innumerable micro-climatic variables, the result of a unique combination of the Adriatic Sea breeze and the cool winds from the East.
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