La Scolca

In the rolling hills outside the town of Gavi lies the estate of La Scolca, which was taken over between 1917 and 1919 by the Soldati family. Today the La Scolca estate is managed by Giorgio Soldati and his daughter Chiara. La Scolca comprises 55 hectares of vineyards, some owned, some leased, but aII farmed bio-dynamically by the Soldati team. Some of the vines are more than 60 years old. The vineyards extend through 11 towns, including Gavi, which lies at the region’s centre and produces the richest, ripest Cortese grapes. Producers within the commune of Gavi are allowed to put “Gavi DOCG del Comune di Gavi” on the label. Wines made from grapes grown in the other towns are labelled simply Gavi DOCG or Cortese di Gavi DOCG. Although the Ligurian Sea is only about 30 miles to the South, its moist breezes are mostly blocked by the Apennine range. Thus, the region is fairly dry; the clay soils, however, benefit from the moisture from the winter snows.