The acquaintance of Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani with the famous professor Jules Guyot in the mid of the 19th century was an encounter with far-reaching consequences. Guyot’s name refers to his method of pruning, which still is highly topical as of today. Under his positive impact, the company of the two brothers from its beginning in 1857 was dedicated to high quality standards. Even at that time, Bertani had decisively influenced the wine production around Verona by introducing new varieties, high plant density and new wines. This philosophy quickly turned the Verona House into one of the most successful wine producers in Italy. So it is not surprising that their wines found international recognition already in the 19th century. The first bottle of Soave originated from the wine-growing estate Bertani.
Even 60 years ago, Amarone was considered as a random result of a sweet Recioto, where the residual sugar was fermented unintentionally. In the 50s Bertani was a pioneer to produce Amarone as an independent wine. This was the birth of the undisputedly largest wine of the Veneto. During his nearly 150-year history, Bertani has always kept up its high quality standards. When wine consumption was still limited to local products, the labels of this historic Veronese house had already travelled to reach European and Overseas markets, the Duemilavini states. Today Bertani is one of the leading producers of premium wines.
In total Bertani is in charge of about 130 hectares of vineyards in selected DOC / DOCG areas around Verona. The soils (marl, clay, lime and siliceous, lava and basalt) are manifold. The Villa Novare with its gardens, fountains and a small lake, was built in the 18th century and is one of the finest examples of wine-growing estates in the Valpolicella area. The estate encompasses approximately 225-hectares with 70 hectares of vineyards and is situated in a basin, protected by hills in the North, which opens to the Southeast. There are recently planted vineyard terraces which allow you to enjoy spectacular views of Verona.
Grapes were cultivated here already before the Roman period. Today varieties like Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Cabernet Sauvignon are prospering and thriving. In the cellars of Villa Novare, the entire production process of the Amarone and Ripasso takes place – from the drying of the grapes to the vinification. Villa Novare Bertani is also the seat of the wine-growing estate, but the "beating heart" is still the winery in Grezzana. Here vinification, storage and bottling are carried out in a modern plant within historic buildings.
Bertani wines are an authentic expression of classic Veronese wines and are showcasing the region since the foundation of the wine estate. Like the Amarone, the famous Secco Bertani epitomizes both tradition and also vibrating currentness. It is prepared according to the Ripasso-method from grapes of selected slopes of the Valpantena valley in Valpolicella, i.e. by re-fermentation on top of fresh pomace of Amarone and Recioto Bertani.
The identity of the house is characterized by its dual role both as a pioneer and as a guardian of tradition. Bertani produces great classics, but also modern wines such as the spotlessly clean and very typical representative of the product range “Collezione”.