Suavia - Monte Carbonare Soave Classico Superiore 2021


The vineyards of Suavia are located in the center of Soave's Classico zone. This the traditional, hillside terroir that has produced Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave for centuries. Elevations of roughly 1,000 feet and ancient, volcanic soils yield wines of structure and character. Garganega from this area is known to generate some of Italy's most exciting white wines. In youth, the wines have pure aromatic focus of ripe fruit, hay, a flicker of florality and a minerality veering toward whetstone sensibilities. As Garganega ages, these traits transform into wines where delicacy and complexity take center stage. The tale of Trebbiano di Soave is historically linked to the Veneto and genetically bound to the older variety Turbiana, grown around Lake Garda. Trebbiano di Soave offers significant acidity and sapidity, epecially when partnered with Garganega.

Without exception, Suavia is one of the leaders in quality and terroir expression in this small, hilly zone to the east of Lake Garda. Although the family has been growing grapes in the hills of Soave Classico since the 1800's, it was only as recently as 1982 that the Giovanni and Rosetta Tessari began crushing grapes and producing their own wine. The couple built a modern and efficient winery in 1990 underneath the building that has been the Tessari family home since 1887. This facility was designed specifically for the production of white wine with the most advanced technology available. Now run by Giovanni and Rosetta's daughters, Meri, Valentina, and Alessandra, Suavia's focus is on using their state-of-the art facility to express the nuances of their native terroir through the lense of only those two grapes native to the zone; Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave.

Monte Carbonare is the name of the hill upon which the vineyard that sources this wine is situated. The word Carbonare refers to coal and is used to describe this location because the volcanic soils here are black as coal.   Produced from 100% Garganega and exposed only to stainless steel in order to preserve freshness, the Tessari family describes this wine as “earth in a glass”—a pure expression of their volcanic terroir.

Tasting notes: Straw yellow with considerable intensity and brilliant highlights. This wine is creamy and elegant.  It is characterized by freshness and aromas of citrus, herbs, and mineral.  On the palate the wine is well-balanced and refreshing with a dry and persistent finish.

Food pairing: Best served with delicate fish-based dishes, truffle or mushroom risottos, and medium flavored cheeses as well as a variety of vegetarian dishes. 

"Honeyed, white-almond and mineral accents to the lemony citrus and cantaloupe. Pure and tangy on the palate, with a hint of honeydew melon that lingers through the bright, long finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap." - 94 points, James Suckling

Producer: Suavia

Country: Italy

Region: Veneto

Varietal: Garganega

Appellation: Soave Classico Superiore

Vintage: 2021

Size: 750ml