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Tenuta Scarpa Colombi is a Lombard company that extends over a surface area of 36 hectares on which is one of the most beautiful houses of the ‘Oltrepò Pavese: the Palace “Scarpa-Colombi”.
The building, built between the late 1600s and early 1700s on the ruins of an ancient castle, is now the headquarters of Tenuta Scarpa Colombi. We Bosnasco, the province of Pavia in the borders of the province of Piacenza. This wine region, which is identified in the Apennine hills of the southern portion of the province of Pavia, is wedged between Emilia and Piedmont almost up to the Ligurian Sea. The subsoil is mainly limestone and marl. The diversity of the area, proximity to the sea, the presence of many streams and the river Po has a great influence on the climate is temperate and mild and showing strong temperature changes between day and night, especially in summer.
Colombi family is in the wine sector since the beginning of the twentieth century, when the grandfather Salvatore ran a small business already marked by the sale of quality wines in the bottle. In the period between the wars he was joined by his sons, Alfredo and Tullio, who expanded and perfected his father’s work. The two brothers increased the consistency of the land owned by buying new farms, and gave a further boost to production experimenting modern techniques of cultivation wine.
In the early fifties the family took over the estate Scarpa in a state of near abandonment, both of vineyards, both of the building, and in the sixties began a general restoration that ended near the end of the next decade with the opening of ‘The attached restaurant Buta. Finally in 2000 it was opened the farm composed of 6 rooms in the same business complex.
The Oltrepò Pavese is a land of Pinot Noir: the genotypes of this variety were grown in this region by the Romans, who probably carried him to the south of France. Pinot Noir know today certainly derives from French selections and appeared in the territory Cispadano around the middle of 1800. The first thing certain on the production of sparkling wine in Oltrepò dates back to 1870 when the engineer Domenico Mazza of Codevilla began the production of “Champagne “d ‘Oltrepò.
VINEYARDS AND PRODUCTION
The vineyards of Tenuta Scarpa Colombi stretch over 36 hectares in two of the most important areas of Italian viticulture, in Lombardy in the ‘Oltrepò Pavese and in Piedmont in Nizza Monferrato which houses the Tenuta La Ghignona. Bonarda and Barbera are the masters with new interpretations of these ancient vineyards, but the aim is above all the Pinot Noir vinified in red and on the future DOCG Rosé Spumante Classico.