Soave Wine

It may be a coincidence, but never like with Soave, has the name of a wine better expressed its personality, with its innate, graceful harmony, versatility and freshness.  Ancient sources already spoke of Soave vineyards and the wine from this region has long been renowned.

The production area for Soave wine – with DOC certification – comprises all or part of the municipalities of  Soave, Monteforte d’Alpone, San Martino Buon Albergo, Lavagno, Mezzane, Caldiero, Colognola ai Colli, Illasi, Cazzano di Tramigna, San Bonifacio, Roncà, Montecchia di Crosara and San Giovanni Ilarione.  The use of the label “Classico” in addition to “Soave” is reserved for wine made from grapes grown and fermented in the municipalities of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone, which is considered the original, historic, Soave winemaking territory.

The core grape varieties for Soave wine are Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave.  Garganega is one of the most ancient Italian grapes, but Soave is the main region where it has given us wines of the highest level.  Trebbiano di Soave, which has historically always been a mainstay in the local vineyards, has gradually ceded ground to the more exuberant qualities of Garganega.


SOAVE DOC: This can be considered the Italian white par excellence.  It is a fundamental wine, characterized by a vibrant acidity.  From a sensory standpoint, Soave has a delicate color, a clean bouquet and a gratifying flavor that develops rapidly.

SOAVE CLASSICO: This is a white wine that is certainly more complex, obtained from the hills between Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone.  It is ideally paired with sea fish, shellfish, as well as with appetizers, soups, and in general with tasty and light foods, including white meats.

SOAVE SUPERIORE DOCG: This wine comes from an ambitious initiative, involving a careful selection of both vineyards and grapes, paying particular attention to the wine’s evolution in the winery.  This is a white of the highest value which pairs ideally with cheeses, eggs and white meats, including with cod.

RECIOTO DI SOAVE DOCG: This was the first Veneto wine to obtain the DOCG certification, in 1998.  Recioto, however, is a wine with an ancient tradition.  The existence of a sweet white wine in the territory around Verona was already spoken about in the 5th century in a famous letter written by king Theodoric’s learned minister, Cassiodoro.  A detailed description on the process of making Recioto was recorded by marquis Scipione Maffei in the 1700s.  He remarked that “conserving the grapes until December, then pressing them delicately in the deep cold, then preserving the must, without boiling it, for a long time before manipulating it, is the same process we still use to make that wine we call Santo [i.e. Holy]”.

Recioto is made by allowing the best grapes to partially dry prior to fermentation.  The name comes from the “recie” referring to the “ears” of the Garganega cluster that are used.  These are the top and outermost bunches of grapes in the cluster, which have received the most sunlight and have the highest sugar content.  With the new production standards, Soave’s Recioto has acquired a more complex profile, becoming a great meditation wine.  The color is brilliant yellow, with complex notes that remind one of acacia honey, with floral hints.  It is harmonious, with body and pleasing almond undertones.