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Santa Sofia unveils first Amarone DOCG

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, the Pedemonte winery Santa Sofia released its first Amarone DOCG at a grand dinner held in the three Michelin starred Macau restaurant, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana.

From left to right: Kevin Kelly COO of Galaxy Entertainment; Sarah Negro, deputy consul general in Hong Kong and Macau; Santa Sofia owner and winemaker, Luciano Begnoni and chef, Umberto Bombana


Showcased in a Salmanazar, the 2011 vintage of Santa Sofia’s Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, was the highlight of a lavish dinner held in Macau in partnership with Galaxy Macau and wine importer, Cottage Vineyards.

Featuring a new label design, the 2011 Amarone is Santa Sofia’s first DOCG Amarone following the December 2009 regulations, and also coincides with the winery’s bicentennial year, explained owner and winemaker, Luciano Begnoni.

From now until 30 November, the 2011 Amarone will be available throughout Galaxy Macau restaurants, including 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Terrazza Italian Restaurant, Gosto, Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant, The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge, Lai Heen and the Ritz-Carlton’s Man Ho. santa-sofia-amarone-2011

“We are very excited to have our first Santa Sofia DOCG Amarone bearing the year of Santa Sofia’s 200th anniversary appear in such a range of top dining establishments,” said Begnoni.

Santa Sofia is in Pedemonte, north of Verona, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica region which produces Amarone della Valpolicella. In 1811, the estate was sold and renamed Santa Sofia and its modern day winemaking restarted in the 1960s when the Begnoni family took over ownership.

Today Santa Sofia produces three wines: Santa Sofia “I Classici”, Santa Sofia “Le Selezioni”; and Santa Sofia “Le Riserve” which produces Santa Sofia’s premium wines available in limited quantites including its Amarone della Valpolicella and the Santa Sofia “Montegradella” Valpolicella Classico Superiore. 

Mainly made from partially-dried Corvina grapes and Rondinella, Amarone wine was initially assigned Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status in December 1990 and then on 4 December 2009, Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella were promoted to the status of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) in recognition of its historic wine producing origins and high quality wines.

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