Monti Lessini Bianco "Sorai"
Wine name:Monti Lessini Bianco "Sorai"
Appellation:MONTI LESSINI BIANCO DOC
Vineyard extension (hectares):4
Blend:50% Chardonnay 20% Garganega 20% Pinot bianco 10% Durella
Vineyard age (year of planting):Chardonnay 1987 Durella 1987 Garganega 1987 Pinot bianco 1987
Soil Type:Clayey-calcarous with tufaceous rocks
Exposure:South/south-east. Altitude: 500 meters above sea level
Colour:Straw yellow with golden reflections
Nose:Intense, complex, floral, fruity (tropical fruit).
Flavour:Dry, quite warm and supple, fresh, sapid, with a good structure. Intense, complex, persistent, elegant.
Serving temperature (°C):
Match with:Fish and shellfish dishes. Hors d'oeuvres.
Average no. bottles/year:5,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:5
This wine well represents this very particular terroir (Lessinia). This is a very unpolluted area, in fact there are few roads nearby and it is high (500 meters above sea level). The type of viticulture is organic. Vineyard density: 7,000-12,000 vines/hectare. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation.
Vinification and ageing
The various varietals are harvested and vinified separately. Vinification in steel. A small part of the must is vinified in large oak casks (25 Hl). The wine matures on the lees in stainless steel vessels till the summer. Bâtonnages are carried out. It is bottled in the summer. Finishing in the bottle for 8 months minimum.
Address:Via G. Matteotti, 42 37032 Monteforte d'Alpone VR
Owner:Sandro, Claudio and Matteo Gini
Year of establishment:1980
Total annual production:200000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):58
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):4ha Chardonnay 20ha Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseletta 25ha Garganega 4ha Pinot nero 3ha Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni, Trebbiano di Soave, Durella 2ha Sauvignon
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:certified organic
Harvest period:From 5 of September to 30 of October
The Gini family is one of the oldest of the area going back as far as the 1500s. Documents of the 1600s and 1700s were found stating purchases of land and of vineyards (the cru Salvarenza is mentioned) confirming that this has always been a family of vignerons. Claudio and Sandro now manage the estate after their father Olinto left us a few years ago., and Matteo, Sandro’s son, is now working full time at the estate, mainly in the cellar.
All the 25 hectares of Garganega vineyards of the estate stand within the Soave Classico appellation. The historical vineyards of Froscà and of Salvarenza have always belonged to the family. Other vineyards, with an excellent position and with old vines, were purchased in the 1980s: these are the vineyards of Foscarino, Montegrande, Casanova (all three with volcanic topsoil) and of Volpare.
Froscà is the name of the hill where the crus of Froscà (on the top of the hill) and of Contrada Salvarenza (in the central-middle part of the hill) are located. The topsoil is volcanic while the deeper part of the soil is calcareous. The oldest vines are in Contrada Salvarenza (from 60 to 100 years old), one third of the vines are prephylloxera and consequently ungrafted. The hills of Monteforte boast the highest vineyard density in Europe, in fact vines are grown on 95-96% of this area. The cru of Col Foscarin, 4 hectares of Soave Classico from which the grapes for the homonymous Recioto are selected, is at the back of the Froscà hill.Only natural practices are followed in the vineyards and in the cellar.
From vineyards standing on the hill of Mirabello, on the border of the Soave area, Campo alle More (100% Pinot Noir), Maciete Fumè (100% Sauvignon Blanc) and Monti Lessini DOC Sorai (a blend of Chardonnay, Durella, Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni and Trebbiano di Soave) are produced.