Wine name:Soave Classico
Appellation:SOAVE CLASSICO DOC
Zone:Monteforte d'Alpone (Verona)
Vineyard extension (hectares):12
Vineyard age (year of planting):Garganega 1945
Soil Type:Calcarous, volcanic rock
Altitude:between 100 and 200 meters above sea level
Colour:Straw yellow with gold-green reflections
Nose:Intense and fragrant, fresh white flowers (hawthorn, elder, cherry blossoms), tropical fruit and white peach
Flavour:Harmonic, fine, persistent, almond notes, mineral
Serving temperature (°C):10
Match with:Pasta dishes, fish and poultry
Average no. bottles/year:110,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:9
This is not a Soave “base”, but it is the result of a careful selection of 5 or 6 crus of Garganega grapes located in exceptional positions all within the Soave Classico appellation. The vines are all 60 or more years old (bear in mind that Claudio and Sandro never planted a vineyard of Garganega in their life!). Vine training system: Pergoletta Veronese. Vineyard density: 4,000 vines/hectare. The alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous.
Vinification and ageing
The grapes are harvested by hand and carefully selected. Soft pressing followed by a slow alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts without adding SO2. The wine matures for at least six months on the lees in small steel vats.
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.
2015 vintage: L'Espresso Guide 2017 classified among "100 vini da comprare" (100 wines to buy)