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.
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.