SANTI, Illasi, Verona -- The Santi winery under the direction of celebrated winemaker, Cristian Ridolfi, has just launched a new wine, ‘VENTALE’, a Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC. The name Ventale means the winds and is a tribute to the winds that flow over the valleys of Valpolicella.
Ventale is predominantly made of Corvina, the grape which Ridolfi feels gives the wine its elegant, fruity style. The blend is 80% Corvina 10% Corvinone and 10% Rondinella from vineyards cultivated on coarse-textured calcareous marl soils. Grape bunches are hand-picked in the second week of October and fermentation takes place in truncated conical oak barrels called Tini, at a temperature of 22-24˚C, for about three weeks with unscheduled manual pumping over from barrel to barrel. In keeping with Ridolfi’s philosophy to use local woods to enhance Santi’s wines, the wine is aged for 18 months in 500L casks made up of 70% oak, 20% native chestnut and 10% native cherry-wood. Ruby-red in color with purple tinges, the 2016 Santi VENTALE has a fragrant and intense aroma with hints of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry and green pepper, followed by hints of cocoa and dried fruit. On the palate, its vibrant juiciness is accompanied by velvety tannins. The wine has a lingering and tangy aftertaste.
Founded in 1843 at Illasi in the province of Verona, the Santi winery dedicated itself right from the beginning to classic Veronese wines such as Amarone and Valpolicella and has always been distinguished by the quality level of its wines and for its attention to the most advanced vinification techniques. Ridolfi perfected his Valpolicella and Amarone skills at Bertani, where he stayed until 2015. Today, back at Santi, Ridolfi has a detailed knowledge of the Veronese wine lands—their origins, the terroirs as well as the particularities of what exactly has been developed to obtain the best interpretation of every valley. The deep knowledge of the local winemaking tradition and of the terroir where he works, has enabled Ridolfi to identify a clear winemaking philosophy that has become a cultural identity.
“To make contemporary wines following the fundamental principles of the Valpolicella tradition,” says Ridolfi, “is what I am about and what I am aiming for at Santi.”
The arrival of Cristian Ridolfi as oenologist and director of the Santi winery fits perfectly with Gruppo Italiano Vini’s (GIV) plan for further growth of the top of the range products. Thanks to his knowledge of the region, the Santi winery is set to become an important star in the Valpolicella wine panorama."Learn more about Santi Ventale