Silvia and Giovanni Scagliola represent the fourth generation of the Scagliola family to make wine in Asti (Piedmont), home to Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Barbera d’Asti DOCG. Originally founded in the 1930s, the Scagliola ranch focused primarily on raising livestock and growing other crops besides grapes until buyers at a local cattle market began to notice how good the family’s wines were. But it wasn’t until the post-war era that the Scagliolas began to see the potential for making and selling their wines in bottle (as opposed to bulk). By the 1980s, the family had begun to bottle what would become one of Piedmont’s most famous sparkling wines, their now legendary Moscato d’Asti. With roughly 35 hectares planted to vine in Asti province, a wine region renowned for its sandstone subsoils and the dinstinctive wines it produces, the Scagliola’s now make a line of Moscato d’Asti and a line of red wines, mostly Barbera d’Asti, including fresher-style, traditional reds (aged in classic large oak casks known as botti) and richer-style, modern reds (aged in small French casks known as barriques). Although not certified, the estate employs organic farming practices and no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides are used.
Did You Know?
One of the things that makes the Scagliola family’s wines so distinctive is their hand-painted labels by Asti-based artists Massimo Ricci. He began showing his work in local galleries back in the 1980s and by the 1990s was already well established as one of Piedmont’s most important painters.