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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, releasing their first vintage under the Tenuta Sant'Antonio label in 1995.  Their goal was always to produce high-quality, traditional wines of the region, but in 2006 they began a new project under the label Scaia to further explore the potential of the traditional varieties they were growing.  

In naming this new brand Scaia, they referenced the type of soil they had in their 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 as the reputation of Tenuta Sant'Antonio continued to grow and the recognition of their Valpolicella wines continued to increase, the Castagnedi brothers continued to make Scaia as a less expensive, everyday option. It also became an avenue for innovation, where they 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
REGION: IGT Veneto, IGT Tre Venezie
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
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(S): Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo Castagnedi
WINEMAKER(S): Paolo Castagnedi

WINES

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 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 “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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JUNE 2021
Scaia Rondinella Rosato Veneto IGT 2020

Scaia is a project of Tenuta Sant’ Antonio, producer of high quality Valpolicella wines.  Under the Scaia label, they are able to make modern-style wines that don’t have to adhere to appellation rules.  Rondinella is one of the grapes in Valpolicella wines, and one not often, if ever, allowed to shine on its own.  This Rosato spends three months in contact with its lees, the expired fermentation yeasts, in stainless steel tanks.  Once a week the wine is stirred to mix with the expired yeasts with the wine to extract flavors and texture.   It has a pale golden color and light berry, cherry flavors beautifully balanced with piquant acidity and a velvety texture that offers value far beyond its price making it a perfect foil for roast chicken or grilled shrimp.     


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AUGUST 2023
Scaia “Paradiso” Veneto IGT 2020

Inviting nose of almost candied red cherries, berries and a hint of cherry-liqueur chocolate. Full and intense, the cocoa-like note coats the very fine tannins and seems to stain the fruit more and more as the palate progresses. Pleasant, lightly abrasive, almost dusty feel at the end. Interesting red to drink now. Glass stopper.

90
AUGUST 2022
Scaia Garganega-Chardonnay Trevenezie IGT 2021

Fennel, lemon zest, Japanese yuzu and bitter almond on the nose, following through to a medium-bodied palate with fresh, high-pitched acidity that leaves your palate watering. Vivid yuzu skins in the finish. Delicious and crisp. Drink now. Glass stopper.

92
OCTOBER 2021
Scaia “Paradiso” Veneto IGT 2018

Super-clean berry and currant aromas, turning to nutty, cherry-cream chocolate flavors on the palate that are both mouth-filling and enticing. Medium-to full-bodied with integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Delicious. Drink or hold.

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MAY 2023
Scaia Corvina Veneto IGT 2020

Rather jammy strawberry and raspberry on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with intensity of fruit and some fine tannin that does little to impede the flow. Glass stopper. Good and fruity. Drink now.

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DECEMBER 2021
Scaia “Torre Melotti” IGT Veneto Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It's great to see that Tenuta Sant'Antonio has expanded its fantastic line of Scaia entry-level wines (all closed with a handy glass cork). These are absolutely some of the best value deals you'll get from the Veneto in northern Italy. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Scaia Torre Mellotti shows ripe fruit with barbecue spice, mahogany smoke, bacon fat, sweet blackberry confit and exotic spice. Honestly, it's almost impossible to imagine Cabernet Sauvignon reaching these levels of intensity at this price point. The hot 2017 vintage plays a big role in defining this wine.

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AUGUST 2023
Scaia “Torre Melotti” IGT Veneto Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Ripe currants with slightly tarry spice notes, as well as dried flowers. Full and silky with fine tannins that flex a little muscle towards the end, but not enough to impede the flow of the fruit. Long and intense finish with some warmth. From half fresh and half dried cab grapes. Drink or hold.

90
MAY 2023
Scaia Rondinella Rosato Veneto IGT 2022

A pale, tight and nervy rosé with aromas and flavors of apricot skin and orange peel. Medium-bodied with super-clean, crisp flavor. Nicely done. Drink now. Glass stopper.