Moscato di Scanzo represents an important part of the history of Pagnoncelli Folcieri family in Scanzorosciate.
The second smallest of the Italian DOCG, certainly one of the most prestigious. It is in fact a wine endowed with special features and advantages that cannot be assimilated to others.
The Scanzo Moscato falls under the category of the great meditation wines, characterized by the fact that it is a wine made from dried grapes and botrytis. Strongly aromatic it comes from Moscato Scanzo, perhaps the only red grape muscat.
Viticulture is implanted on the hill of Bergamo by Roman soldiers that, when leaving the army, received as “liquidation” plots of land. The Scanzo Moscato is certainly indigenous although it is not possible to determine with certainty the origin.
The first historical documentation that attests to its existence dates back to 1386 and refers clearly in the area of production of “Moscatello”, the current passito. It has always been a very limited quantity production, which gave rise to a more expensive wine, hard to find, and for this elitist.
We can find the traces through the centuries: at the court of Catherine the Great, at the end of the eighteenth century, led by architect Giacomo Quarenghi Bergamo, city planner of San Pietrourgo; at Wine London Stock Exchange in the second half of the nineteenth century. The vine has come close to extinction in the years following World War II. It was patiently recovered since the sixties.
Moscato Scanzo Pagnoncelli Folcieri is a very precious wine, with only 3000 bottles half a litre on sale every year. Pagnoncelli Folcieri family settled in Scanzorosciate in the mid-nineteenth century.
Giancarlo Pagnoncelli Folcieri, third generation pharmacist, in 1962, produced his first Scanzo Moscato extracting it from a vineyard located in the best and happier hilly location, well known as “the vineyard of the priest”, and then as “the vineyard of the pharmacist.”
The very low number of bottles produced, about 3000 bottles year (0,5l.) ensures ‘high quality wine and makes it a valuable and sought product because of its rarity. The winery is located in Villa Pagnoncelli, a seventeenth century building, near the hill where the vine is grown.
The harvest is late, between late September and early October, and it is followed by manual cleaning of individual clusters and withering. The latter lasts from 20 to 40 days and after the operations cellar the wine remains in steel for a minimum of 18 months.
Bottled wine can hone for ages without any fear of aging. The alcohol content exceeds 16 degrees, with a residual sugar between 9 and 10%; rich in dry extract, is characterized by its intense ruby red color, the rich content in glycerol which accentuates the softness, and the unparalleled range of scents in particular marasca, clary sage, spices, rose.
It is tasted after a meal, preferably alone or accompanied by pastries, but lately has been experimentally combined with game and blue cheese. The temperature of service between 18 and 22 degrees, the tasting glass strictly the Cognac ballon . Drank carefully and in the right company promotes conversation and understanding of the feelings.
All our bottles
Our products came all from Moscato. We produce a red wine, call Ombra Rossa, made with Merlot and Moscato di Scanzo, a grappa signed by one of the most popular distillers in Italy, Vittorio Capovilla, and two Italian Grape Ale beers.
The beers were born almost as a joke, the first one made with Moscato di Scanzo must, produced from 2018, the second one made with Moscato giallo must and sparkling with the classic method.
We love creative challenges. And we waiting for you in Villa Pagnoncelli to discover the real taste of our rare and unique bottles.