Founded by Antonio Scarpa in the early 1900s it was in 1949 when Mauro Pesce purchased Cantina Scarpa that its rise to cult status began. His unwavering love of Barbera and commitment to ageing in large oak barrels, known as ‘botti’, was the mantra behind Cantina Scarpa’s rise to fame in the 1980s and 90s, and led to Mauro becoming the vanguard for Barbera d’Asti and president of Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato.
Located in Nizza Monferrato, the 50 hectare estate is home to: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Freisa, Rouchet, Dolcetto, Brachetto, Favorita and the newly planted Timorasso. Today under the winemaking guidance of Silvio Trinchero, who joined the company in 2012, Cantina Scarpa has returned to its two main principles: an obsessive commitment to quality over quantity and long ageing. Each vineyard offers unique soils, altitudes, aspects and microclimates which allows the Damonte family to experiment whilst also maintaining production of all single vineyard wines, in turn allowing each different vintage to tell its own unique story.
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.