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 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.
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.