“Che vino soave!”

Dante Alighieri

Legend has it that the wine was given the name “Soave” in 1305 by the famous Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, during his exile in Verona. Apparently he would have exclaimed: “Che vino soave!” (What a pleasing wine!).

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Soave DOC

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Organic

 
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“Che vino soave!”

Dante Alighieri

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Museo Nazionale Collezione Salce

AUTORE

Tremator (Severino Trematore)

TITOLO

Lago di Garda

SOGGETTO

Veduta dell’Isola di Garda sul lago di Garda

DATA

1924 ca

Soave is a dry white wine with both delicacy and structure, but despite being one of the most famous Italian whites alongside Pinot Grigio, it still doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
The main grape of Soave is Garganega, an old variety from Veneto. It was first mentioned in a 13th century treatise of agronomy by Pietro de’ Crescenzi where it is stated that the grape was grown in Padova and Bologna areas (it was called Garganica), but it is likely the grape was cultivated in that area since at least 1000 AD.


It shares the same DNA profile of Grecanico Dorato from Sicily and Malvasía de Manresa from Catalunya. It has genetic similarities to other local grapes from Verona like Corvina Veronese, Oseleta, Rondinella and Dindarella, which confirms Garganega is originally from the area.
Legend has it that the wine was given the name “Soave” in 1305 by the famous Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, during his exile in Verona. Apparently he would have exclaimed: “Che vino soave!” (What a pleasing wine!).

More likely though, the name came from the Suevi (also called Suebi) – a group of Germanic people, among whom were the Lombards, who settled in Italy in 568 AD with King Alboin as their leader. Soave was once a pagus, a Roman administrative region so it was already known for its cultivations, but during the Lombards times viticulture grew in importance.Some letters from Cassiodorus, the 5th century Roman statesman, scholar and writer who served in the administration of the king of the Ostrogoths Theodoric the Great, attest that viticulture was alreadyestablished in the region. In his epistles he recommends that royal banquets always serve full-bodied “soavissimi” (very pleasing) Veronese wines from white grapes able to express “clear purity, conviviality and astonishing pleasantness”.Soave experienced a peak of popularity in the US market during the mid-20th-century when Italian wine boomed after the end of World War II. Thanks to the effort of large producers, in the 1970s Soave overtook Chianti to become the largest selling Italian DOC wine in the US for a period of time.

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SOAVE DOC

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Organic

 

Lemon in colour with refreshing aromas of citrus, green apple and pear balanced by a zesty acidity and a delicate mineral finish.

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