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Bertani: A legacy of innovation and tradition in Valpolicella

June 10, 2024

For over 165 years, Bertani has epitomized the essence of Valpolicella winemaking, blending innovation with tradition to produce exceptional wines that have left an indelible mark on the industry.

Founded by Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani, the winery was among the first in Italy to prioritize quality over quantity, recognizing the value of bottled wine early on. Their visionary approach led them to embrace innovative vineyard techniques, including insights from Burgundy’s Dr. Jules Guyot, setting anew standard for winemaking in the Valpolicella region.



Bertani’s most notable contribution is the creation of Amarone della Valpolicella in the 1950s, a style that has become synonymous with the brand. Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico has been called “larger than life,” a phrase that captures the wine’s timeless flavour profile. This iconic wine is crafted primarily from corvina and rondinella grapes, with the vineyard team meticulously selecting only the top 30 percent of clusters for vinification. These grapes undergo a unique process of natural drying before fermentation, concentrating flavours and sugars to create a rich and complex wine.

Sustainability influence

What sets Bertani apart is their unwavering commitment to tradition alongside sustainable practices. They have eliminated chemical treatments in their vineyards and employ non-invasive winemaking techniques to preserve the integrity of the fruit.

With a focus on terroir-driven wines, Bertani’s vineyards benefit from Valpolicella’s volcanic and basaltic soils, imparting minerality and complexity to their wines.

Bertani’s legacy extends beyond their wines; they have significantly influenced the global perception of Valpolicella wines, elevating the region’s profile and setting the benchmark for Amarone production.

Bertani’s unique blend of innovation, tradition, and commitment to quality has established them as a standard-bearer in the world of Valpolicella wines, defining the essence of Italian winemaking for generations to come.


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