Surrounded by the Alto Monferrato hills, Nizza Monferrato – the hometown of Scarpa’s cellar – is the hub of a very high-quality production district of barbera grape. The vineyards are located on top of a hill facing towards the town of Acqui Terme. The top of the hill is a great location in terms of sun exposition, water drainage and exposure to winds blowing from the sea (only 60 km as the crow flies).
Our historical estate in Monferrato is called Poderi Bricchi. Acquired in 1969, this estate has been home to all our grapes except nebbiolo ever since. Mario Pesce, the legendary owner of Scarpa, established Poderi Bricchi following his vision to work with estate-grown grapes to ensure the highest quality for our wines.
26 hectares of this 50-hectare estate are now cultivated with both red and white grapes. Located on the top of a hill between Acqui Terme and Castel Rocchero, Poderi Bricchi vineyard is a wonderful spot for growing native grapes of Piedmont, such as ruché and brachetto that are integral parts of the Scarpa story and our portfolio today.
Topography & Soil
The Poderi Bricchi estate is located 350–400 metres above the sea level. Northeast and Southwest facing slopes give rise to various expositions for each grape we grow on Poderi Bricchi. On its rather flat, North facing field we have a wonderful lavender plantation and forests.
White and light soil rich in limestone results in slender and juicy wines with high ageing potential and a clear connection to the territory. In fact, the soil of Poderi Bricchi is divided into two.
The soil in the part producing Barbera d'Asti La Bogliona has plenty of sand and magnesium that give the grapes their special freshness, lightness and, in some cases, sapidity as well.
The other part, I Bricchi, has a higher percentage of clay and loam, which brings fresh wines but with deeper colour and higher intensity. Our Freisa, Dolcetto and Barbera I Bricchi wines are good interpreters of this soil.