Roots feed tomorrow. It is like this for the vineyard, it is like this for our history.
The seed was planted in the early 1920s, when Mario Polegato, grandfather of the current president Giancarlo, bought some vineyards and entered the wine market. Passion grows, the company's roots become stronger, but just like the vineyard, you have to wait several years before getting the first fruits.
After the Second World War, the roots of history dig deeper and deeper and the satisfactions mature. Divo cultivates his father Mario's business together with his wife Amalia Moretti. With the company, the family grows: children Mario and Giancarlo are born. The two brothers are passionate about the world of wine, Mario becomes an oenologist, Giancarlo specializes in financial management. The roots are getting stronger and giving vigor to company growth. But just as the vineyard is exposed to the unpredictability of nature, so the course of life can change from one moment to the next.
Amalia's strength in dealing with the sudden disappearance of Divo gives a further boost to company development. Mario and Giancarlo work alongside their mother. At the end of the 1970s they bought Villa Sandi, a Palladian-style building dating back to the early 1600s, starting the restoration work. At the beginning of the 1980s, they were the first to make Prosecco known and appreciated abroad, becoming the pioneers in the export sector.
Also in the 1980s, after a trip to the Champagne areas, Mario and Giancarlo decide to use the underground galleries discovered during the recovery of Villa Sandi, hosting the first bottles produced with the classic method. Success was immediate: Opere immediately became one of the most popular brands of the classic made in Italy method.
The roots of Villa Sandi are now intertwined with the destiny of a territory and a wine that is increasingly known and appreciated. Mario gives life to Geox, becoming in a few years one of the top players in the global footwear market. Giancarlo, together with his wife Augusta, brings the quality of Villa Sandi wines all over the world, acquiring and maintaining to this day the leading position in the export of prosecco among producers in the province of Treviso.
The winegrower knows that, over a long period, the yield of a vineyard continues to increase. Then the trend changes: the yield decreases, but the quality of the grapes increases. A natural process that reflects the evolution of Villa Sandi. Since the early 2000s, the vineyard platform in the DOC and DOCG lands of Prosecco is becoming ever wider and various indigenous vines are rediscovered. In 2010 the first major recognition arrives: Cartizze La Rivetta obtains the Tre Bicchieri del Gambero Rosso, an award then won for twelve consecutive years.
Values and skills are handed down, continuing to give life to the history of Villa Sandi. Diva and Leonardo, sons of Giancarlo and Augusta, join the company, renewing the tradition of a family that has been cultivating the future of a territory to be tasted for four generations.