Soave: Nature, art, and volcano

Soave: Nature, art, and volcano


Soave is a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) enhanced by the Heva project – “Heroes of Europe: Volcanic Agriculture,” funded by the European Union under measure 1144 aimed at promoting and enhancing volcanic products. The project involves collaboration with Italian wine consortia for Soave, Lessini Durello, the Greek Union of Santorini Cooperatives – Santo Wines, and the Veneto Consortium for Monte Veronese cheese.

Between History and Beauty

The Soave wine district spans 7,000 hectares of vineyards in the province of Verona, with its heart in the eponymous village, awarded the title of “Borgo più bello d’Italia” in 2022. It’s not just about wine but also about art, history, and beauty – palaces and precious buildings that attest to the richness of a town that has created prosperity since the Middle Ages through the art of cultivating vines and producing wine.

The hills of Soave consist of volcanic soils and sediment with unmistakable traits. A unique element that led this PDO to establish and lead an international movement of territories and wine products united by this identifying trait – the Volcanic Wines.

Recognition of a Unique Territory

The significance of Soave wine was recognized as early as 1931 when it received the designation of “Typical Wine” in Italy, while the Denomination was born in 1968. In 1998, the Soave DOC became the first in Veneto to obtain DOCG status with the Recioto di Soave, followed by the recognition of Soave Superiore DOCG in 2002.

In 2018, the production area of Soave gained recognition from Gihas-FAO as a “worldwide agricultural heritage.”

However, the peak of enhancement came in 2019 when the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies approved the adoption of UGA, officially dividing this area into 33 cru – Additional Geographical Units that identify and enhance the most prestigious and historic vineyards of the denomination. UGA represents the final piece of a century-old effort to enhance the territory, making Soave one of the most important Italian wine regions for the connection it has established between man and nature.

Produced with a minimum of 70% Garganega and 30% Trebbiano di Soave or Chardonnay, Soave is a white wine with a pale straw-yellow color, tending towards greenish. Its nose is delicate, intense, and refined, while on the palate, it reveals its “volcanic” nature: pronounced minerality, persistence, and savoriness, well-balanced in an elegant and complex structure.

Heva Project: Heroes of Europe in Volcanic Agriculture

Through the HEVA project, the protection consortia of these two denominations aim to promote, enhance, and introduce consumers to the extraordinary characteristics of viticulture rooted in the volcanic origin of the soils – its different terroirs that have developed a recognized propensity for quality.

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