The town of Soave dates back to Ancient Roman times when the area was an official administrative county (pagus), renowned for its excellent position and for its thriving agricultural economy. The wines made there not only slaked the thirst of Roman legionaries but they were also a valuable trading commodity, and travelled as far as the Orient to be exchanged for silk and spices.
The zone’s viticultural importance did not diminish during the medieval period. It was then that the imposing Soave Castle was built as a defensive stronghold. The massive castle still dominates the town that surrounds it. read more
I have a great fondness for Soave. My strong feelings for the wine spring from the fact that I have seen firsthand how it has reclaimed its identity. After all, I live just down the road – a thirty minute drive – from the zone’s lush vineyards, and, for many years, was part of the professional tasting panel that assessed each vintage.
Twenty years ago, when I first started writing about Soave, it was considered a pleasant, popular white wine – nothing more and sometimes less. However, a little over a decade ago, wine connoisseurs woke up to the quality potential of the zone. They noted the similarities between the vine-clad hills that surround the towns of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone with some of the great zones in France – principally Burgundy and the Loire Valley. read more