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Meet Santa Margherita

Meet Santa Margherita

Tradition, innovation, and passion – these are the qualities that define the Santa Margherita family. With a vast array of vineyards spanning Italy’s best winemaking regions from north to south, and guided by sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices, they have since grown into one of Italy’s leading vineyards, producing distinctive and enjoyable wines for generations. 

Find out more about Santa Margherita’s history, estates, and wines – then learn how to get a taste at Eataly! 

THE STORY

Santa Margherita was founded in 1935 by Count Gaetano Marzotto, who led the revitalization of an abandoned portion of the Venetian countryside where Alpine rivers wind their way through sun-drenched hills toward the Mediterranean coast. Creating much-needed farmlands, his efforts restored traditional wine-making practices in what had been a region rich in vineyards since the time of the Roman Empire. 

Employing modern agricultural practices and a commitment to his fellow Italians’ economic, agricultural, and cultural needs, Marzotto named his labor of love after his dear wife Margherita. Thus, the first piece of Santa Margherita’s “wine mosaic” – the name given to their expanse of estates across the country – was set. 

Santa Margherita winery

THE ESTATES

Over the past decades, Santa Margherita has expanded to encompass vineyards in some of Italy’s top wine-producing regions, from Alto Adige and Veneto in the north to Toscana in central Italy. They own and operate 10 estates, from which they produce authentic wines with traditional, regional character that are complex in terroir, and accessible in flavor. 

Some of the top Santa Margherita estates found in Eataly include Ca’ Maiol near Lago di Garda, Ca’ del Bosco in Franciacorta, Lamole di Lamole in Italy’s Chianti region, and Cantina Mesa in Sardegna. Even as they expand, their passion for their people – those who harvest the grapes, the craftspeople in their wineries, down to the people who enjoy each glass – remains a top priority. 

In fact, this is why Santa Margherita is focused on sustainable and eco-friendly growing practices that save energy, reduce pollution, and protect the health and well-being of the vineyards and the people who drink their wines. From hand-harvesting their grapes in Veneto to preserve the fruit’s freshness, to eliminating conventional pesticides in the growing of their Chianti Classico, each wine is produced with the utmost respect for the land.  

Santa Margherita wines aging in oak barrels

THE WINES

While they may be known for their iconic Pinot Grigio, the Santa Margherita family boasts a diverse portfolio of red and white wines that express the best characteristics of the regions from which they come.

Notable wines include their Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico DOCG, made from exclusive lines of Sangiovese grapes shaped by the Lamole valley’s unique microclimate. After seven to ten days of fermentation on the skins, the wine is aged in steel barrels for six months, then racked into big oak casks. The resulting wine is a deep, vibrant ruby with aromatics of cherries and red berry, and pairs well with traditional Tuscan plates like bruschetta and bistecca alla Fiorentina

Their Ca’ Maiol wines include Chiaretto and Lugana, made with Trebbiano di Lugana and Groppello grapes native to the Italian lakes region, and offering unique terroir and delicate, fresh taste. For something more structured and earthy, explore the mineral-rich flavors of Sardegna with Cantina Mesa’s Buio DOC, a dark ruby red framed by black pepper notes and vibrant acidity made – unoaked to showcase the full character of the Carignano del Sulcis grapes – and Giunco DOC, a straw-colored Vermentino with bright notes of citrus and stone fruits made.

TASTE SANTA MARGHERITA AT EATALY

Want to experience Santa Margherita wines for yourself? 

Explore the family's diverse collection with complimentary tastings at our wine shops and marketplace or by the glass at our restaurants. Then, visit our wine shop to pick up a bottle (or two!) to enjoy at home.

Find your local Eataly Vino shop to learn more!