Sandro and Claudio Gini have carried on the family tradition of producing excellent wines, but in addition, have continually experimented and streched themselves to keep improving. The steep, calcium based Frosca produces a textbook example of great Garganega. Learn more.

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The Gini family have been growing vineyards in Monteforte d’Alpone since 1600, marking them as one of the oldest wine producers in the Soave Classico region.  They currently have twenty five hectares of Garganega, planted in the volcanic soils, with many of the vines over eighty years old, and some pre-phylloxera vines at one hundred and thirty plus.  Sandro and Claudio Gini- with the help of many family members- are two of the hardest working contadini you could ever meet. Their commitment to quality is never ending , both their white and red wines are among the finest of Italy.

After 400 years….they now also produce top quality Valpolicella and Amarone…..

Sandro and Claudio Gini have long wanted to create top quality Corvina based reds- to match their stunning line of white wines.  In the 1990’s they found a spot at 500 meters in calcium, clay and sandstone, that looked ideal for their fantasy idea.  Skip ahead to today and they have a magnificent new winery that was designed from the ground up for the efficient production of Valpolicella and Amarone. A number of brilliant design features allow them to produce these new wines with a minimum of movement to the wines as well as a minimum use of energy.


The winery is named Tenuta Scajari. The sandstone here fractures in slices, scaglia is Italian for splinter, hence the name, in honor of this particular soil type.  While constructing the winery they found a fossil of an ancient grape vine, thousands of years old, proof that this area has had indigenous vines growing here for eons. The vine fossil is depicted on the label.


These limited wines are produced from the native grapes of the region: 60% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta.


Brothers Claudio and Sandro have prime vineyards in the Soave Classico zone where they craft some of the area’s (and therefore Italy’s ) finest white wines.

– Vino Italiano

Gini is one of the reference points in Soave. The wines are delicious today and the top selections also have the ability to age for a good 10 to 15 years, something I would not have believed had I not tasted the examples myself.

-Antonio Galloni

Wines currently available

  • Soave Classico 100% Garganega, average age of seventy years.
  • Soave Classico La Frosca 100% Garganega, ninety year old vines, from the La Frosca hill
  • Soave Classcio Contrada Salvarenza - Vecchie Vigne 100% Garganega, one hundred plus year old vines from the Salvarenza cru
  • Recioto di Soave Col Foscarin 100% Garganega in basalt based soil, air dried for six months in straw boxes. Acidity 5.5 grams per liter, sugar 150 grams per liter
  • Le Mattoline - Valpolicella Superiore - grapes air dried for 3-4 weeks then into stainless steel for six months, then large Slovenian casks. 800 cs
  • Scajari Amarone Riserva - grapes are air dried for 3-4 months, then in Slovenian casks and Burgundy barrels for five years. 400 cs


If you have any questions or comments about Estate Wines, Ltd. or our portfolio, please contact us.

Estate Wines, Ltd.
Tel: 415-492-9411
Fax: 415-492-9427

PO Box 5838
Petaluma, CA 94955