Beekeeping of Sampì


Via Sampì, 26 – Botticino Mattina

Tel. e Fax 030.2693284

Apicoltura del Sampì  was born 30 years ago from a “birthday gift”: a family of bees that, at the beginning, scared us, but, after, it has positively influenced our life.

Family-beekeeping, with a hundred of beehives, is situated in Botticino Mattina, mid-hill, in the centre of Valverde, delimited at East from the mountain of Rezzato and at West from mount Maddalena. It produces in Botticino the traditional honey of the hills of  Brescia: Spring Millefiori, Acacia, Chestnut, Summer Millefiori and, rarely, Tarassaco and, when there is transhumance on the mountain near there, High Mountain Millefiori, Rhododendron, Linden, exceptionally, Raspberry; level Melata. Rhododendron and High Mountain Millefiori are Slow Food Safeguard.

We work hard because we want to obtain top quality and genuineness of a product that needs, as prerequisites, the healthiness of the environment and the wellness of bees; other things are committed to ability and accuracy of beekeepers. The places in which we work with our bees are natural oasis far from traffic jam and pollution. In addition to honey, Apicoltura del Sampì produces Propolis, Pollen, Natural Beeswax and Honey vinegar (six different types of acidity and residual honey, not fermented). Everything complies with Slow Food concept that food has to be “GOOD, CLEAN AND PRECISE”.

Apiary is visited by associations, pupils and wine and food brotherhood. It is opened to everyone who wants to know this wonderful world; to create respect for bees and for nature and promote reuse of honey in culinary preparations are pleasant diligence that we take on as beekeeper, sommelier, norcino and lover of eating good things for living a good life.

Mirella e Lodovico Valente – Beekeepers in Botticino Mattina

Our products:

Acacia Honey

It is straw-colored, quite amber-colored, with a light and distinctive perfume, and sweet and exquisite taste

Rhododendron  Honey

Its color turn from straw-colored to golden yellow, its perfume is weak and exquisite, also the taste is exquisite and sweet.

Chestnut Honey

It has a distinctive taste, strong and persistent, with an aftertaste quite slightly bitter. It is amber-colored, more or less dark, with reddish tonalities.


Melata is a particular honey. It is dark-colored, its perfume and taste are strong, very sweet and unique, with a smell of caramel.


Spring millefiori has a fair and golden color, an intense smell and a sweet, rich, aromatic taste.

Summer millefiori has a darker color, an intense taste, sometimes slightly bitter because of the presence of chestnut and melata.

High mountain millefiori has a color darker than rhododendron has, a smell very fine and flowery, a exquisite taste.

Raspberry honey

It is a particular honey, very hard to produce. It is produced in the Alps and in northern Apennines. The color is very fair, almost amber-colored. Smell and taste have mid-intensity, are fruity, like fruit jelly or candied baked-apple. It has the tendency to crystallize, with a sweet taste.

Linden Honey

It is produced in the Alps and sometimes in urban and suburban areas. It turns from fair amber-colored to amber-colored. The smell is particular: fresh, mentholated, balsamic, remembering the smell of a linden infusion. The taste is very persistent with the possibility of a persistence of aftertaste, due to the combination flora, common for this kind of honey.

Honey Vinegar

FINE Acidity: 3,5%
MEDIUM Acidity: 5%
STRONG Acidity: 7%
RESERVE Acidity: 6%

Honey vinegar is an ancient and natural product, known by Egyptians 5000 years ago, that returns on tables of people who totally care nature and wellness. This vinegar comes from Apicoltura del Sampì passing through natural alcoholic and acetic fermentation of honey, with six different types of acidity and residual sugar. It is particularly palatable and aromatic, light and digestible, with a golden color and a fine slightly acid taste. This vinegar will achieve your preference immediately after you taste it as condiment of vegetables, meats, sauces and sweet and sour preparations. If you dilute it in water and honey and eat it cold, it will become a perfect refreshing.

Being free from any preservative, it could deposit some sediments in the course of time.

Ingredients: water and honey from Apicoltura del Sampì. No sulphites. No preservatives.


  • Fine Acidity: 3,5%

Visual examination: transparent, clear, shiny golden yellow-colored

Olfactory examination: not very intense, but acute at sense of smell, not strong, taste is exquisite with a fine smell of honey

Gustatory examination: taste is rich and aromatic, exquisite and very persistent

  • Medium Acidity: 5%

Visual examination: transparent, very clear, color is intense with golden glares.

Olfactory examination: smell is quite intense, quite acute, smell of honey and caramel; light plant scent

Gustatory examination: taste is rich and savory, not strong, with a scent of vinegar, long persistency.

  • Strong Acidity: 7%

Visual examination: transparent, clear, very amber-colored with golden glares.

Olfactory examination: very intense, quite acute at sense of smell, scents of vinegar with a pleasant plant smell. Quite strong.

Gustatory examination: taste of vinegar, good persistence

  • Strong-strong Acidity: 9%

Visual examination: transparent, very clear almost crystal clear, with intense golden glares that tends to amber-colored.

Olfactory examination: very intense, quite acute at sense of smell, rich and strong smell with light scent of honey.

Gustatory examination: rich because of acidity and aroma. Persistence leaves a long and pleasant sensation.

  • Reserve Acidity: 6%

Visual examination: color is full with a component of dark golden yellow that tends to amber-colored

Olfactory examination: intense but not very acute at sense of smell, not very strong, full aroma with a strong scent of honey and a light scent of plant.

Gustatory examination: good aroma, long persistence, scent of vinegar is pleasant, light aromatic scent of honey.

  • Botticino Classic Acidity: 6%

Visual examination: transparent, its color is very intense, it is amber-colored with shades of olive-green

Olfactory examination: important aroma, sharp and too-too smells, almost strong.

Gustatory examination: it tends to a pleasant taste that reminds honey and it is combined with a shade of raisins that improve its pleasantness.