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The Veneto region – Soave.

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Soave
Twenty three kilometres east of Verona is the comune of Soave with a population of around 6,800 people. For the Romans, it was an important resting point on the Via Postumia between Aquileia in the east, and Genoa in the west. But Soave was, and still is, important for another reason - its white wine.

So, your waiter suggests that a bottle of Soave would go well with the food you have chosen, but what type of wine is Soave, and what kind of wine can you expect?

A glass of Soave wine and the castle of Soave on the background

What type of wine is Soave?
Soave is a white wine, but what does it taste like? The best way to describe it is to say that in Italian the word 'soave' means mild, sweet, mellow and harmonious, but what does that does that mean!


We know that it’s white. It is described as being straw yellow in colour with a hint of green. Most Soave is dry, although there is sweet variety known as Recioto di Soave DOCG as well as a sparking variety; the very best Soave is called Calassico Superiore. At least 70% of a glass of Soave is made from Garganega grapes, with Trebbiano di Soave, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc making up the balance.
Vineyards and castle

So what kind of wine is Soave?
It is delicate and light; some say that it has a hint of almond and gentle flowers, so it’s perfumed. It has a slight acidity to it and a touch of bitterness to finish. These characteristics mean that Soave is good with dishes such as vegetable risotto and homemade pasta, fish, shellfish, and polenta.

So now you know what to expect, here are a few interesting facts about your wine:

  • The USA imported and consumed more Soave than Chianti in the 1970’s. 
  • 50 million litres’ of Soave are exported each year. 
  • It is said that Dante gave the wine its name because of its mildness. 
  • Soave is a very popular aperitivo in Verona. 
  • The town’s name Soave did not come from the qualities of the wine. The town’s name dates back to the barbaric invasions of the 'Suevi' tribe following the fall of the Roman Empire. The name was changed throughout time to become Soave. 
  • Many of Soave wineries are open to the public for tours and tastings. 
Soave's castle

Now all that remains for you to do is to try a bottle.

 

Comments

I am not a big fan of dry wines, but Suave is something really special.

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