Soave may be simple to pronounce (S-oh-ah-Vay) but there is nothing simple about the wines or the region. It is one of the most historic and successful winemaking denominations in Northern Italy. There are three main elements that have contributed to making Soave Italy’s finest white wine: the soil, the grapes and the people. The unique soil, mainly of volcanic origin, combined with a mild climate have proved the perfect conditions to produce top age-worthy fine wines. Viticulture in Soave traces back to the Roman Empire and early on became the choice cultivation. Although two native grapes are cultivated here, it is the Garganega variety that found its habitat, and produces an incredible array of wine styles, from the fresh and easy to weighty and complex.
Soave is made from Garganega, or can be blended with up to 30% of Trebbiano di Soave or Chardonnay (only in DOC wines).
Today we know that soil of volcanic origin has many unique characteristics that make it extremely fertile and ideal for agriculture.
The historic area of Soave, known as the Soave Classico, is a series of hills and valleys formed by a geological transformation which began more than 90 million years ago.