The Wine: Soave Classico 2017
This crisp Soave Classico DOC from Vini Pra' winery is one of the most sapid white wines we have tasted. Refreshing and delicate with bright acidity, this great white wine is characterized by the bitter almond aftertaste typical of Garganega grapes.
Fermented and aged in stainless steel vats, this Soave is excellent as an aperitif on a hot summer day or paired with fish-based light dishes.
The Winery: Vini Prà
Prà winery is located in the province of Verona, Soave region, specifically in the small town of Monteforte d'Alpone. This region is famous for its unique terroir, characterized by black volcanic soils and a temperate climate.
Graziano Prà has been running the farm for more than three decades. Its vineyards grow in some the best crus for the production of Soave Classico DOC, such as Monte Grande and Monte Bisson, near the medieval town of Soave.
The Region: Veneto
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy, located in the North Eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. It borders with Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-east), Emilia-Romagna (south), and Lombardy (west).
The capital of Veneto is Venice, which is also its most populous city, followed by Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and Rovigo. The east coast of Lake Garda, the biggest Italian lake, is part of Veneto and so is the tract of Alpine foothills called Venetian Prealps.
Veneto is the leading Italian region for the quantity of wine produced – even though wine-producing regions such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Sicily all have bigger territories.
Some of its most famous wines are Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Soave, and of course Prosecco. Other less known but equally delicious wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Raboso del Piave, and Bardolino.
Veneto’s main characteristic is perhaps the great variety of wine types produced, obtained mostly from indigenous grape varietals – Corvina, Glera, and Garganega being the most common.
This is due as much to its specific geography and climate as it is to rather peculiar winemaking techniques such as the grape drying technique employed to make Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto’s most famous red wine.