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Valpolicella and Soave are two of the most ubiquitous Italian DOC wines. The Castagnedi brothers, Armando, Tiziano, Paolo and Massimo, have turned them into something far beyond ordinary at their family estate, Tenuta Sant’Antonio. Their passion originated in their early years among their father’s vineyards at San Zeno di Colognola ai Colli, in Valpolicella. In 1989 they bought a property in Monti Garbi, laying the foundation for what is now an agricultural estate and producer of excellent wines known throughout the world. The Scaia project is their contemporary interpretation of the great tradition of Tenuta Sant'Antonio.

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. And 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.

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. The resulting wines show the experience and tradition of a family rooted in the region, but at an incredible value and are meant to be easily incorporated into daily life with food, family and friends.

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