Inheritors of their father's 20 hectare estate in the eastern part of the Valpolicella zone, the four Castagnedi Brothers (Tiziano, Armando, Paolo & Massimo) acquired another 30 hectares in 1989. This spurred the birth of Tenuta Sant'Antonio in 1995, with the goal of producing premium DOC wines - today, an agricultural estate known throughout the world. The Scaia project is the contemporary interpretation of the great tradition of Tenuta Sant'Antonio - a constant search for freshness, pleasant drinking and aromatic complexity.
The name scaia is a local colloquialism that refers to crumbs of parmesan cheese, which the chalky soil in the area resembles. With a focus on quality over quantity and maintaining a balance between tradition and experimentation, the Scaia project incorporates regionally significant varietals such as Corvina, Rondinella and Garganega, as well as international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, into the wines. Producing single varietal wines from some of the traditional blending grapes of Valpolicella, such as Corvina and Rondinella, gives interesting expressions of these varietals that aren’t often tasted on their own.
"This exceptional value wine may well be the best deal in Italian wine today." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
|APPELLATION(S)||IGP Trevenezie, IGP Veneto|
|PROPRIETORS||The Castagnedi Brothers|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||45,000 cs|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Grapes are sourced from both estate vineyards and from long standing grape-grower partners throughout the region. Sustainability is at the core of the Scaia project – from vineyard to cellar management and only organic products are used in the winemaking process.
While traditional methods of production such as ripasso are utilized in some of the red wines, the winery also utilizes advanced techniques such as pressing the grapes in inert environments to lend freshness and vivacity to the wines.
Initially made only in steel tanks, Scaia has now added two other, more complex wines, partly produced with slightly withered grapes and aged in barrels.