Soave Masterclass at Mundus Vini: Unveiling the Underrated Gem of Veneto
For this year’s esteemed international wine competition, Mundus Vini Summer Tasting 2023, I had the privilege of kicking off the second evening with a Soave masterclass in collaboration with the Consorzio Tutela Vini Soave. Christian Wolf, the event organizer, brought together over 100 international wine experts. The aim was to delve into the complexities and nuances of this often-underestimated wine region, providing a comprehensive understanding that goes beyond its commonly misunderstood reputation.
A Journey Through History
Global and National Recognition
Over the years, Soave has gained further prominence both nationally and globally. In 2016, it was entered into the National Register of Historical Rural Landscapes, and in 2018, Soave’s traditional vineyards were recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the FAO. Furthermore, 2019 saw the introduction of Additional Geographical Units (AGUs) to the Soave production regulations, allowing for more specified labeling and a clearer understanding of the diversity within the region.
The Soave DOC encompasses an impressive 6,300 hectares, involving 13 municipalities and producing an average of 40 million bottles per year. The region allows various types of wines, including Soave DOC, Soave DOC Classico, Soave Superiore DOCG, and Recioto di Soave DOCG. Predominantly, the grape varieties permitted are Garganega, constituting at least 70%, with Trebbiano di Soave & Chardonnay accounting for up to 30%
Crus, Terroir, and Tastings
One transformative aspect in Soave has been the introduction of Crus, indicating a significant transition towards becoming a premium wine region. The eastern volcanic areas, reaching elevations of up to 550 meters, give birth to wines that exude depth, intense concentration, and a distinctive grippy texture. Conversely, the limestone-rich western plains produce wines noted for their freshness and approachability.
To round off the masterclass, a grand tasting event showcased wines from leading producers including Inama, Bolla, Dal Cero – Tenuta Corte Giacobbe, Cantina di Monteforte, Canoso, Santi, Suavia, and Tonello. Each wine exhibited unique characteristics, underlying the incredible diversity and gastronomic potential of the region.
The Soave masterclass at Mundus Vini 2023 was not just an enlightening experience but also a celebration of a region steeped in history, tradition, and boundless potential. For anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the ever-changing world of wine, Soave stands as an undeniable gem, waiting to be explored and appreciated.
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