The Producers

Ca' Montebello

Good wine is the result of the right soil, a great winemaker and adequate equipment. Take these elements and add the power of a united family, which recognizes the strengths of each member and makes it its trademark: this is where the product takes on character.
And that of the Azienda Agricola "Cà Montebello" expresses itself in a transparent, genuine wine. A little wood in order not to mask the fresh and mineral notes that, together with the choice of a cold vinification, maintain the hints of young fruit.

Forty hectares of land in the province of Pavia, specifically in the locality of Montebello recognized precisely for the wine vocation of its chalky-clayish soil. The owner, Luigi Scarani, supports the foundations with a rare talent for viticulture and an even more rare savoir faire, an indelible impression in the memories of guests. Everyone in the family contributes: his wife Ines as the administrator, his son Alberto with a natural talent in sales and business relations and his daughter Cristina, creative of the family, who adds an artistic touch in the cellar.

The shared cult for the land and the gratitude for the results obtained over the years make of their work a sustainable agriculture, in full respect of the needs of nature and the timing of the vineyards.

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Wines

Barbera ferma

  • Grape variety: Barbera
  • Appellation: Oltrepò Pavese DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: end of September
Vinification:

the de-stemmed and crushed grapes undergo a maceration ranging from ten to twelve days, depending on the characteristics of the year. The wine obtained is then refined in French or Austrian barriques for about 12 months before being bottled.


Tasting note:

an intense ruby red wine, which evolves to garnet with aging. Intense fruity aromas are perceived on the nose, reminiscent of the plum fragrance, with delicate hints of leather and spices. In the mouth it is a full and enveloping wine, pleasantly persistent and of good harmony. You will find traces of fruit as plum, blackberry and cherry. It is a meditation wine, with a non-invasive acidity and an important structure.


Aging potential:

high. Red to appreciate in youth or to let sit for a few years, to follow the aromatic evolution that will favor notes of ripe fruits.

Buttafuoco

  • Grape variety: Barbera, Croatina, Uva Rara
  • Appellation: Oltrepò Pavese DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: end of September
Vinification:

the de-stemmed and crushed grapes undergo maceration ranging from eight to ten days, depending on the characteristics of the year. 70% of the wine obtained is then refined in steel, while the remaining 30% in large barrels, all for a duration of 7/8 months. Once assembled, they will rest for a further 2 months in the bottle.


Tasting note:

impenetrable to the eye, this wine with an intense ruby color amazes with the complexity of its perfume. Spicy notes blend with hints of cooked fruit such as black cherry and plum, to then wrap the palate with a warmth and a predictable body.


Aging potential:

high. Although Croatina is not an aging variety, Barbera gives this wine a high longevity, making it a great red wine. The result is a wine that can either be appreciated in youth or let to age, in order to follow its evolution.

Montebello

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: VQPRD
  • Color: White
  • Type: Spumante Brut
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: end of September, manual
Vinification:

after the manual harvest, the white vinification follows. The grapes are subjected to a soft pressing and the must is placed in stainless steel tanks at a strictly controlled temperature for a first fermentation. In the following spring the base wine is bottled with the addition of selected yeasts. The bottles rest in the cool of the cellar for another 24 months to encourage froth and aging.


Tasting note:

this Spumante brut Champagne method is bright straw-colored, with a fine and persistent perlage and a creamy mousse. The nose is intense and refined, with fresh floral notes amalgamated with delicate aromas of yeast and bread crust. It conquers with a full, soft and persuasive taste with a great structure and a strong iodine note that makes the sip dynamic.


Aging potential:

high longevity. It can be drunk in youth to appreciate its freshness and floral notes but it is also advisable to follow its evolution over time, which will favor the toasted and spicy notes.

Montebello Rosé

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: VQPRD
  • Color: Rosè
  • Type: Spumante Brut
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareo/argilloso
  • Harvest: fine settembre, manuale
Vinification:

after manual harvesting, a soft crushing and a maceration on the skins of 24 hours, the one-day must is placed in stainless steel tanks at a strictly controlled temperature for a first fermentation. In the following spring the base wine is bottled with the addition of selected yeasts. The bottles rest in the cool of the cellar for another 18/24 months to encourage froth and aging.


Tasting note:

of an intriguing bright pink color, a fine and continuous perlage and a wide and persistent foam. The scent is delicate and fragrant, with hints of wild strawberries and soft aromas of yeasts that blend well with a pleasant vinosity. In the mouth this Spumante brut rose Champagne method remains elegant and caressing.


Aging potential:

medium. It can be drunk in youth to appreciate its freshness and fruity notes, but it is also possible to follow its evolution over time, which will favor the toasted and spicy notes.

Moscato IGT

  • Grape variety: Moscato
  • Appellation: Province of Pavia IGT
  • Color: White
  • Type: Sweet and Sparkling
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: mid-September
Vinification:

the grapes, harvested with a high sugar content, are crushed and remain in contact with the skins at low temperature for 24 hours. Then the free-run must is placed in autoclaves, where fermentation starts at a controlled temperature. Before bottling, a second fermentation takes place, which allows the wine to naturally foam. The wine ages then in the bottle.


Tasting note:

a straw-yellow white with golden reflections, with fine and persistent bubbles. The scent inebriates with hints of flowers and fruit such as peaches and apricots, with notes reminiscent of sage and sweet spices. After a delicate entry, the mouth is filled with the typical sweetness of the Moscato grape, balanced by a light acidity that invites the next sip.


Aging potential:

low. White to drink in youth so as not to lose the fruity notes and the pleasant acidity.

Pinot Grigio IGT

  • Grape variety: Pinot Grigio
  • Appellation: Province of Pavia IGT
  • Color: White
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: mid-September, manual
Vinification:

after harvesting and a soft pressing, the must is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The noble lees remain in contact with the wine for a long period, in order to bring out the characteristic aromatic complexity of this variety. The wine is kept at a low temperature until it is bottled.


Tasting note:

this wine has a pale straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The characteristic fruity notes of the vine are easily identifiable on the nose, in particular the ripe pear that stands out on the others. The taste is dry, moderately sapid, harmonious and with a good structure.


Aging potential:

low. White to drink in youth so as not to lose the pleasant fruity notes.

Pinot Noir IGT

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Province of Pavia IGT
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: mid-September
Vinification:

the de-stemmed and crushed grapes undergo a maceration ranging from ten to fifteen days, depending on the characteristics of the year. The marcs are removed between the seventh and eighth day of contact with the skins. The wine obtained is refined in steel tanks for 6 months, and then a minimum of 4 months in the bottle.


Tasting note:

a red in which the ruby remains clear given the poor color of the Pinot's pulp, but which recovers intensity with the fruity elegance of the nose. A mix of red berries from which ribes and morello cherry emerge. On the palate it is moderately tannic, full bodied, elegant. You can find notes of leather and black chocolate, with a high spiciness. This particular aromatic profile, unique in the region, can be traced back to the vineyard. The latter is in fact on the top of a hill and overlooks the plain surrounding, in a very panoramic position. The altitude, which ensures a high temperature range between night and day, and the soil determine the intensity and the typicality of the bouquet.


Aging potential:

high. Red to appreciate in youth or to let rest for a few years, in order to follow the aromatic evolution that will be in favor of the spicy notes.

Pinot Noir vinified in white

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Oltrepò Pavese DOC
  • Color: White
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: mid-September
Vinification:

after harvesting and a soft pressing the must is brought to 10 ° C and left to rest for 24 hours. The fermentation takes place in purity in steel autoclaves, at controlled temperature and with the use of selected yeasts. The wine obtained is refined in stainless steel tanks for about 6 months.


Tasting note:

bright straw-yellow in color, this wine has a young and characteristic aroma, with fruity notes of apple and peach and mineral hints. In the mouth it is elegant, soft, with good structure and long persistence.


Aging potential:

medium. The strong flavor allows it to be a wine to be enjoyed in youth or to wait for a few years, in order to follow the aromatic evolution.

Sangue di Giuda

  • Grape variety: Barbera, Croatina, Uva Rara
  • Appellation: Oltrepò Pavese DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Sweet and Sparkling
  • Country / Region: Italy/Lombardia
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: mid-September
Vinification:

the de-stemmed and crushed grapes undergo controlled temperature maceration to maintain a high sugar content. Then the free-run must is placed in autoclaves. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperature at the end of which the wine is bottled.


Tasting note:

a sweet wine with a bright ruby red color with soft purple reflections. The nose is intense and vinous, with hints of blueberry and raspberry jam and withered petals of violet. In the mouth it is caressing and fragrant, of good body and softness without reaching the cloying thanks to a good acidity.


Aging potential:

low. Red to drink in youth so as not to lose the pleasant fruity notes.