Asparagus has a rep for being tricky to match with wine. It can bring out two much sweetness in a wine that isn’t bone dry. Or metallic flavours in a wine that is very high in acidity. But look to the Veneto, and you’ll find abundant inspiration for asparagus recipes. And in Venice, they don't struggle to find a wine to pair with their staggering range of asparagus dishes – Soave is their go-to wine for asparagus season.
Soave is a much-loved staple of every supermarket wine range. Soave’s smooth, lightly refreshing style combines the gentle fruitiness of Pinot Grigio – the UK’s best-selling white wine grape - with extra interest and weight.
The beautiful terrace at The Hari hotel, Mayfair, was the setting for a bevy of beautiful Soave on Tuesday 30th April.
Agostino wines celebrate limestone, rather than Soave’s other soil asset, volcanic basalt. Their taste is sleek, and subtle as a consequence.
Bertani Soave was on the menu at King George VI’s 1937 coronation, giving whole new meaning to the phrase ‘fit for a king’.
The legend Frank Sinatra once refused to take a seat at a table without a bottle of Soave Bolla – a ringing endorsement!
Tenuta Grimani’s vineyards were originally established by the Grimani family – one of the most powerful in the Venetian Republic.
Inama is one of the most famous Soave producers – due in no small part to their obsession with expressing the land in their wines above all else.
The Nardello family have been growing vines in the area since the mid 1500s – but they are thoroughly dynamic and visionary in winemaking methods.
Rizzardi has had a succession of well-to-do titled owners, including Counts (more than one) and a Commodore.
The name Suavia derives from the Middle Ages village which sprung up around a castle in the hills of modern-day Soave. It has resonance for the Tessari family, for it was here that they settled in 1800. Though the village of Suavia was long gone, between the vines and olives the Tessaris lived and worked the land for nearly two centuries.
Picking the perfect Soave for every moment, and mouthful!
In one sense Soave is a classic – like the Victorian novel that everyone thinks they know. It is probably the most famous and definitely the most exported Italian still white wine. Garganega has been grown on the Soave hills for centuries. Soave was the first white wine in Italy to receive ‘vini tipici’ recognition in the 1930s, pre-dating the DOC system.