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The Garganega Grape


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About Garganega

(Synonyms: Grecanico Dorato, Malvasia de Manresa.)

Background

Map showing the Veneto region of Italy.

Garganega is a white-wine grape originating in the Veneto region of Italy, around Venice. It is rarely encountered on wine-bottle labels, and perhaps you think you’ve never heard of it, but it is the informing grape of the widely popular wine Soave (Soave labels never mention Garganega). Soave can be and often is a blend of Garganega with various other local grapes; but all those others are considered rather inferior, and the best Soaves are all 100% Garganega.

While Garganega has also been successful in producing sweet wines, here we concentrate on it as a table wine. A well-made Soave that is 100% Garganega will typically be a gentle wine whose taste is characterized by a light overtone of almond atop some lighter citrus fruit, and with a drinking quality that frequently evokes references to pears (a slight “graininess”). A well-made Soave is a major wine indeed.

Factoid: Northern Italians have been praising Soave since at least the 6th Century, when Cassiodorus—a statesman of King Theoderic the Great—described them as being “white and pure as a lily“.

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Some Descriptions of Garganega Wines

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Some Garganegas to Try

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Prà “Otto” Soave Classico
(Prà bottles numerous Soaves: this is the “Otto” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Inama Soave Classico
(Inama has numerous Soave bottlings: this is their basic Soave.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
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Suavia Soave Classico
(Suavia has numerous Soave bottlings: this is their basic Soave.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Gini Soave Classico
(Gini has numerous Soave bottlings: this is their basic Soave.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Tamellini Soave
(This is their basic Soave bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has three separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

Our nomination is the Pieropan “La Rocca Soave” Classico.

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• This wine’s CellarTracker pages.
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