Scarpa runs according to two main principles originally implemented by Mario Pesce in 1949: an unwavering commitment to quality over quantity and long ageing. Bottle ageing is one of the two most remarkable hallmarks of Scarpa’s style, along with large wooden barrels. Mario Pesce’s heritage is once again seen here, as it was his clear intention to invest in long-lasting wines at a time when a preference for wines with the capacity for an immediate sale was rapidly taking over. Thanks to his approach they now have the rare privilege of offering bottles of Barbera from the ’90s or Barolo and Barbaresco from the ’80s, along with all the other wines, which can easily age for up to 10 years.
A quote from Mario Pesce explains it:
“The way of working with a big barrel is exactly the opposite than working with a barrique. The longer you keep your wine in a barrique, the stronger the wooden taste will be. Contrarily, the longer you keep your wine in a large barrel the more elegant the wine will ever be”.
The commitment to quality is shown in the use of their land. Of the 50ha estate, half is given over to woodland and fields, while the other half is planted with vineyards. This allows the land to stay healthy, and thus yield smaller quantities of higher quality grapes from the best areas of the estate. Great attention is paid to the management of the vineyards to ensure the grapes reach their full potential and quality, which is reflected in the finished product.