Soave Wine Region Guide

Discover the Refined Elegance of Soave's Finest Wines


Last updated: May 30, 2024


The vineyards of Soave in northeastern Italy span a wide spectrum, from the very best wines to mediocre plonk churned out by lazy growers. However, the top estates that make their home in the hills of Verona, such as Pieropan, Pra, and Ca’ Rugate, are a testament to this region’s dedication and attention to detail. Their low yields, sustainable viticulture, and sophisticated winemaking produce complex dry whites of incomparable charm. This commitment to quality has been a part of Soave’s winemaking tradition since the Romans. This part of Soave is flourishing and deservedly so. But at the other end of the spectrum, we find Soave DOC and its permitted yields of 15 tons per hectare; producing this much wine is wildly excessive at the best of times.

Fortunately, the best houses eschew these generous crops, while the reputation of Soave Classico DOC (the original production zone) and Soave Superiore DOCG is growing constantly. Nevertheless, getting the best out of Italy’s seminal Garganega white requires research and discretion. Choose carefully, however, and you’ll discover why the critics still rave about the best wines of this iconic style.


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