Soave is a unique dry style white wine crafted around the city of Verona in the Veneto wine region of northern Italy. It is one of 74 Italian DOCG regulated wines as of December 2014. Soave is the name given to the dry white wine - with Garganega being the principal indigenous white grape varietal used the make this vibrant wine style.
Soave is also a small village located in the province of Verona, approximately 23km's east of Verona, a must stop on your way to Venice. The Soave wine production is situated in the eastern part of the hills and the region includes part or all of the vineyards belonging to the municipalities of; Soave, Monteforte d'Alpone, San Martino Buon Albergo, Lavagno, Mezzane, Caldiero, Colognola, Illasi, Cazzano, Ronca, Montecchia and San Giovanni Ilarione.

 

Soave is generally made to be enjoyed a year or two after the harvest - and is often vinified in stainless steel tanks to retain as many fresh varietal characteristics. Soave Classico DOC, the use of this specification 'Classico' is reserved for wines made from grapes harvested and vinified in the municipalities of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone, which are the original and oldest classic wine areas. This restricted production zone lies on the hills in the communes of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone.
Recioto di Soave DOCG (a sweet dessert wine style) - is produced in small volumes on hillside sites already noted in the regulations for the production. There are also new regulations for planting new vineyards; they must be trained using the 'Espalier' - Trellis System with at least 4000 vines per hectare. For those vines planted before 2002, the Pergola Incliante and Pergoletta Veronese systems are allowed.
Soave DOCG can only be released to the market after the 1st September of the year following harvest and after 6 months aging of at least 3 months in bottle - so as to emphasize its characteristic maturity and complexity. Wines aged a minimum of 12-14 months may be labeled as 'Riserva'. The Garganega varietal with help from the subtle use of French oak can make white wines full of flavour and interest.