Our last winery visit and tasting was certainly not the least. It started with a memorable drive up winding, meandering paths to reach the Tessari family high in the hills outside Soave town in their little village of Fitta.
Started in 1887, Suavia (the Roman name for Soave) is run by three sisters Alessandra, Meri and winemaker Valentina, and we very lucky when we visited that all three were there to talk to us. We were grateful for the time they spent in their busy harvest season to show us round and explain their wines and philosophy of winemaking to us.
Totally organic, Suavia wines are a mixture of tradition and heritage, staying true to the Soave Classico roots and the terroir. We tasted five wines, four of them dry and a delicious dessert wine of the region to finish.
Suavia Soave Classico 2010
Suavia’s traditional Classico is a blend of 90% Garganega and 10% Trebbiano di Soave. A young and fresh wine, there are aromas of little white flowers and elderflower with soft white peach and delicate citrus flavours on the palate. Great with the seafood pasta dishes and cheeses that our lucky group of Calgarians enjoyed at lunch!
Suavia Monte Carbonare 2009 13% ABV $
Monte Carbonare is a single vineyard wine produced from 100% Garganega grapes and is deeply linked with the volcanic soil of this area. Made from 60 year-old vines, this wine is soft yet with a good acidity and delicate hints of lime, that would be perfect with goat cheese and roast chicken dishes.
Suavia La Rive
La Rive is also a single vineyard wine from vines that are 65 years old with a southern exposure. It is a complex wine and very full-flavoured with just a hint of oak from one year’s barrel aging. There are flavours of tropical fruit present and a it has a smooth and creamy mouth-feel.
Suavia Massifitti 2009
Alessandria explained that Massifitti is made from 100% Trebbiano di Soave grapes, and was borne partly out of curiosity and partly from a duty to preserve their tradition and heritage. Now in its 2nd vintage, it shows a medium body and a soft finish with a good acidity and deep flavours of gooseberry, pear and quince.
Suavia Acinatium Recioto di Soave 2006 13.5% ABV
Acinatium (the original name for a grape cluster) is made in the recioto style from 100% dried Garganega grapes and is a dark golden colour from spending 18 months in oak barrels. It has aromas of honey and a gentle sweetness tempered by a balanced acidity, to produce a wine of great elegance.
Suavia wines can be found in Calgary, click here to find them at a liquor store near you.