Soave, a white wine for all seasons!
White winelovers rejoice!
We got you covered! Soave, pronounced swarr-vay, is arguably the most famous white wine in Italy. Granted in 1968, the DOC title covers wines made from Garganega grapes grown in hillside vineyards east of Verona, in the Veneto wine region of northeastern Italy. A dry, crisp, fruity white wine, Soave's naturally refreshing appeal led it to phenomenal popularity in the second half of the 20th Century. Interestingly Soave and Chianti were the first zones in Italy in 1931,to be recognized by Royal Decree as having the potential for producing fine wines. This document delimited the borders of the production zones which, in the case of Soave, coincide with those fixed under the current production regulations for Soave Classico.
Situated in the eastern part of the Province of Vicenza, in the foothills of the Lessini Mountains, the Soave zone is not a particularly large wine region however it produces very significant quantities of wine despite the fact that the area is one of the most specialized and densely planted in Europe. In this area, there exists a traditional and indissoluble link between viticulture and terroir; the area of specialized vineyards has remained practically unchanged compared to 100 years ago and indeed there does not seem to be any valid reason why it should increase.
Soave saw a peak of popularity in United States during the mid-20th-century Italian wine boom that followed the end of World War II. Soave even surpassed Chianti in the 1970s as the largest-selling Italian DOC wine in the US.Only white wine is produced in the Soave region and a minimum of 70% must be the Garganega grape. For Soave DOC up to 30% of the blend can come from Trebbiano di Soave, also known as Verdicchio and Nestrano. The DOC rules place new emphasis on the quality varieties and exclude Trebbiano Toscano, which had been allowed to constitute up to 15% of the blend. All the grapes used for the DOC wine must be harvested to a yield no greater than 14 tonnes per hectare with the finished wine fermented to a minimum alcohol level of at least 10.5%.To provide distinction between the quality levels, the Soave Superiore DOCG was drafted in October 2001 and put into effect as of the 2002 vintage. Soave Superiore is the DOCG title given to Soave wines from the appellation's highest-quality tier. However, fewer than 1 percent of Soave's wines carry this appellation. In the Soave Superiore DOCG, Garganega must also account for a minimum of 70% of the wine, but Pinot bianco, Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave are allowed to fill up to 30% of the remaining blend, with Trebbiano Toscano and other local white grape varieties such as Friulano, Cortese, Riesling Italico, Vespaiolo and Serprinapermitted up to 5% collectively. Grapes are harvested to a more restricted maximum yield of 10 tonnes per hectarewhile the finished DOCG wines must reach a minimum alcohol level of 11.5%.
You can just imagine drinking the Fabiano 'Le Coste' Soavé DOC 2018 rated 94/100 on a sunny day by the water in Venice or, for the slightly more adventurous, on the Amalfi coast paired with some pipis or oysters. It is clean, crisp and delicious, full of citrus flavour yet somehow magically without any harsh bite. There is a heap of floral aromas on the nose like grandma’s garden! There is more texture than say a Clare Valley riesling but less than your
typical wooded chardonnay. It comes as fresh as mum’s daisies and calls for any seafood pairing on a sunny day.It is a session wine and you could honestly drink it all day without rushing for a Zantac!
They paired the Fabiano ‘Le Coste’ 2018with some pipis cooked in a chilli, shallot, garlic, and white wine sauce. It was a match made in heaven! To buy this amazing wine just click here!