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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Soave (pronounced So-Ah-Vay) is a dry white wine from the Veneto region in northeast Italy, found around the city of Verona. It is one of 41 Italian DOCG regulated wines as of August 2008. Soave is the name given to the white wine - Garganega is the principal indigenous white grape variety used the make this wine.
Soave is a small village located in the province of Verona, approximately 23km's east of Verona, a must stop on your way to Venice. The Soave wine production is situated in the eastern part of the hills and the region includes part or all of the vineyards belonging to the municipalities of; Soave, Monteforte d'Alpone, San Martino Buon Albergo, Lavagno, Mezzane, Caldiero, Colognola, Illasi, Cazzano, Ronca, Montecchia and San Giovanni Ilarione.


Soave is generally made to be drunk a year or two after vintage and is often vinified in stainless steel to retain as many fresh characteristics as possible. Soave Classico DOC, the use of this specification 'Classico' is reserved for wines made from grapes harvested and vinified in the municipalities of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone, which are the original and oldest classic wine areas. This restricted production zone lies on the hills in the communes of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone.
Recioto di Soave Superiore DOCG - is produced and limited to the hillside sites already noted in the regulations for the production. There are also new regulations for planting new vineyards; they must be trained using the 'Espalier' trellis system with at least 4000 vines per hectare. For those vines planted before 2002, the Pergola Incliante and Pergoletta Veronese systems are allowed. Soave DOCG can only be released to the market after the 1st September of the year following harvest and after bottle aging of at least three months so as to emphasize its characteristic maturity and complexity. Wines aged a minimum of two years may be labeled as 'Riserva'.
The Garganega grape with some help from subtle French oak can make white wines full of flavour and interest.

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