The Bertani family name is one of the most influential in the history of Veneto winemaking, specifically within the realm of Amarone. With over 150 years of history, Bertani continues to break ground across the region’s signature styles of wine, with tradition and respect for the land always at the helm of the estate’s production.
It all started back in 1857, when wine merchant brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista invested in some of the area’s most prestigious plots of land, most of which were situated in and around the province of Valpantena, located northeast of Verona. Within a matter of years, Bertani wines became exported on an international level – and their global renown immediately followed. By 1870, Gaetano and Giovan Battista were regularly pioneering the potential for high-quality Valpolicella wine, which in turn, helped lead to the creation of the region’s DOC.
Upon establishing a name for the Valpolicella style of wines, similar campaigns to promote the region’s signature Amarone wines, as well as its sweet, dessert-style Recioto wines followed. As the Bertanis’ initiatives to put regional wines on the map grew, so did their holdings. During the 1950s, the family acquired Tenuta Novare, which added 220 hectares of Valpolicella Classico-based vines to their holdings. It was here that the family ultimately honed their “messa a riposo” technique and perfected the art of Amarone winemaking.