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In the 1980s, four brothers—Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo Castagnedi—began making their first moves toward opening their own winery. They had inherited 50 acres of vineyards in the eastern section of Valpolicella from their father, and in 1989 they purchased 75 more acres in the same general area. Their goal was to produce high-quality Valpolicella and other wines, but they knew they needed some time to hone their skills and get the vineyards producing at the level of quality they wanted. As an interim step, therefore, they started making wine under the brand name Scaia. 

The brand name was a reference to the type of soil they had in their new vineyards—a chalky, granular soil that broke apart easily. Scaia is a word in Veronese dialect for crumbs, like little pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese that fall off a large block, which the soil resembles. Scaia soil imparts a higher acidity and bolder cherry fruit character to the wines. 

The Scaia brand was originally intended only as a temporary outlet for young vines that needed more time to reach maturity, but the line was popular and served a purpose of its own. So, even after production reached a level good enough to be labeled as Tenuta Sant’Antonio beginning in 1995, the winery continued to make Scaia as a less expensive, everyday option. It also became an avenue for innovation, where the Castagnedi brothers could experiment with new interpretations of the great traditions of Valpolicella and Veneto—for example, atypical blends of traditional grape varieties, or varietal wines from grapes that are usually blended. The resulting wines—white, red, and rosato—are strongly rooted in the region’s winemaking traditions, but with a fresh twist and at an affordable price.

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WINERY LOCATION: Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Lavagno (Verona province), Veneto
WINE REGIONS: IGT Veneto, IGT Trevenezie
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable & Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina, Rondinella, and Garganega; smaller amounts of international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay
WINE STYLES: Dry red; dry rosato; dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 540,000 bottles (405,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 2010
OWNER: Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo Castagnedi
WINEMAKERS: Paolo Castagnedi

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SCAIA CORVINA VENETO IGT

The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. This wine could be labeled as a Valpolicella DOC except that it uses 100% Corvina without the addition of Rondinella as is required for a Valpolicella. The Scaia wines are very fruity and fresh, for young consumers or for those who want something different.

SCAIA GARGANEGA-CHARDONNAY TREVENEZIE IGT

The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. This wine is a blend of 55% Garganega, the grape variety used to make Soave, and 45% Chardonnay. The vineyards are located near the Soave area. The Scaia wines are very fruity and fresh, for young consumers or for those who want something different.

SCAIA RONDINELLA ROSATO VENETO IGT

The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. The Rosato is a pink-hued wine made from Rondinella, a traditional Valpolicella grape variety that is not often seen on its own. This rosé is very fresh and floral and delightfully refreshing.

SCAIA “PARADISO” VENETO IGT

The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. Paradiso is the winery’s “super Venetian” wine, made in the general style of an Amarone but with less Corvina than is typically in the blend and less drying of the grapes. It is a concentrated wine, with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon giving it density and opulence, yet having a fruity and rounded finish.

SCAIA “TORRE MELOTTI” IGT VENETO CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. For Torre Melotti, the winemaker applies the appassimento technique traditionally used with Corvina grapes in the Valpolicella area to a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The result is a well-structured wine with a flavor profile that is both familiar and remarkably different for most red wine drinkers. The wine is named after a house in the vineyard. The house, owned by a Signor Mellotti, has a tower (torre) that was used as a watchtower during World War I.

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Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Lavagno (Verona province), Veneto

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Estate and contracted vineyards in the Valpolicella and Veneto regions

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Scaia Rondinella Rosato Veneto IGT 2018

Very pale, luminous onion peel pink. Wisteria, fennel, raspberry and violet on the refined nose. Then surprisingly big and tactile on entry, but with a whiplash of harmonious acidity providing noteworthy clarity and cut to the surprisingly rich peach, raspberry, and red cherry favors. Finishes with lingering hints of apricot, rosehip, sage and saliva-inducing salinity. A beauty that is also a rare 100% Rondinella. Very well done.  -Ian D'Agata