SANTA & D’SAS is an exciting new collaboration between old friends Andrew Santarossa and Matthew Di Sciascio and their families who met each other while studying their wine degrees. With a shared Italian cultural heritage, a strong passion for making wine and a great family friendship, their first collaboration was to make a joint student wine together as part of their studies.
Andrew completed his winemaking studies and went on to work at various wineries including Houghtons, Giant Steps and Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley. Currently Andrew is winemaker for his own winery and vineyard (Langbrook Estate) producing a range of wines.
Matthew has completed both his Wine Science and Viticulture Degrees. From 2000 – 2010 he was one of the proprietors, winemaker and viticulturist at Bellbrae Estate in Geelong plus 2008-9 was winemaker at Otway Estate near Colac. Since 2011 Matthew continues to have roles as vintage winemaker at Galli Estate, consultant winemaker at Clyde Park and has developed his own range of Italian inspired D’SAS wines as winemaker for Di Sciascio Family Wines.
Like all great ideas SANTA & D’SAS started quite simply. In 2013 Matthew and Andrew, keen to make another wine together, starting discussions and SANTA & D’SAS was born.
In keeping with the Italian heritage and with strong links to the King Valley it was decided that this was to be the base for the wines with special project wines coming from other Victorian regions.