Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in the village of Illasi situated behind the Lessini Mountains, between the hills of Colognola and Lavagno. Today Santi is known and respected for its Veneto and Trentino wines, and is situated in the heart of Veneto near Lake Garda. Devoted to the production of Soave Classico, Pinot Grigio, Valpolicella and Amarone, Santi wines are mainly crafted from estate-grown fruit, or from long-standing relationships under the supervision of the Santi winemaking team.
This Pinot Grigio “Sortesele” is their flagship white, and shows a well balanced, polished style. In Trentino dialect, ‘Sortesele’ is the diminutive of ‘sorti,’ or “small parts of vineyard.” According to ancient custom, Sortesele were large parcels of vineyard for which the heirs of an agricultural property drew lots. Pinot Grigio thrives in the Sortesele vineyard, situated along the Adige valley. Following the harvest grapes are sorted and vinified entirely in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The young wine remains in stainless steel for the short aging process and sees a light filtering prior to bottling.
This crisp white shows aromas of mineral, flowers, melon and white pepper, followed by clean fruit such as pears and exotic fruits on the palate, with fresh acidity. Soft but lively, this Pinot Grigio pairs well with white fish dishes, salads, lemony chicken and mild cheeses like Austrian Tilsit cow’s milk, Manchego sheep’s and three milk Langa La Tur.