Work in the vineyards
Scarpa is a traditional winery – and proud of it.
Tradition shows through in every step we take in our vineyards and in the cellar.
Our vines are pruned with traditional Guyot method, and when we plant new vines, they are often planted from the cuttings of our best, meticulously selected old vines. This mass selection process ensures greater genetic diversity of the vines.
During the growing season, we apply sustainable practices to give our vines the best growing conditions. Respecting soils and their organisms, we say no to artificial chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides.
The final quality of the harvest is enhanced through a hand-selection of the bunches in the summer period – diradamento – meant to balance the production and tap on the very best juice plants can give.
History has shown us that a breath of life in the vineyards results in ultimate flavour in the bottle. This eco-friendly approach covers local ecosystems and wildlife habitats surrounding Scarpa’s vineyards.
Harvesting by hand enables us to pick optimally ripe, healthy grapes. Only the best grapes make it to the winery. Another grape quality selection is done at the sorting table in the cellar.
Piedmont is located in the Northwest of Italy and sits between the vast plain of Pianura Padana facing East and the Alps following its western border to France and Switzerland.
Conquered several times and populated with different people, this corner of Italy is astonishingly rich in heritage, which shows in agricultural practices and grape diversity. Along star grape nebbiolo, Piedmont is a true treasure trove of indigenous grapes such as barbera, freisa, grignolino, ruché, brachetto, timorasso, erbaluce, favorita and cortese.
Our hometown Nizza Monferrato lies in the province of Asti, famous for slightly sweet sparkling Moscato wines since the beginning of modern times and today for high-quality barberas as well.
Blessed with 2,000 hours of annual sunshine and a mild, dry climate with both Alpine and Mediterranean influences, this region provides perfect conditions for our grapes to ripen well.
The southwestern part of Piedmont region is deeply marked by the former presence of the sea, which between 15 and 5 million years ago withdrew from this land and left back a heritage of sand, shells, chalk and loam. Although with minor local differences, this part of the region has a good amount of acidity in its soils, which leaves an important mark in the style of our wines.
The Southwest of Piedmont is deeply bound to the geological process whereby the Alps were created millions of years ago. Such events brought about the creation of water streams that we eventually know as our current rivers Po and Tanaro, which in turn created the hills we now sit on.
Our landscape is heterogeneous, with intersections of hills and plains and the Alps on the background to work as shelters from Northern storms and providing cooler air. To best tap on these elements, high-quality viticulture is obtained on average at altitudes between 250 and 400 metres above sea level.
Scarpa’s vineyards lie on slopes between 330 and 440 metres. In these positions, they get all the sun they need to produce ripe, healthy grapes which are crucial for the quality of our wines.
These slopes also get to enjoy cooler night temperatures that maintain the acidity of the grapes, especially during hot summer months.
Our newly acquired vineyards in the Langhe region – Neive, La Morra and Verduno – embody all the good elements of these cherished Barolo and Barbaresco producing areas. Marked by mild temperatures and light soils, these vineyards complete our land management started in 1969.
At Scarpa, we tend our vines with respect and utmost care. Respect of history and nature have been the bases for the sustainable agricultural practices and production of wines since the very beginning. Uniqueness of this area allows to stay minimalistic – less intervention means more expressive wines.
We cherish the harmony of our vines and the diversity of the ecosystems around them. Our vineyards prosper and have a high level of biodiversity – and you can taste this in Scarpa’s wines.
As throughout our history, we want to stand out from agricultural monoculture, today too common of our beautiful region. This is why our vineyards are surrounded by healthy forests and fields where we grow world-famous hazelnuts and lavender and use widely a vast cover crop between the rows of the vines.