Soave Classico Salvalai
Grapes: Garganega, Trebbiano
Soave Classico wines are produced under the Soave DOC of Veneto, north-eastern Italy, specifically from Soave’s traditional classico vineyard zone. They are dry, still white wines made predominantly (at least 70%) from Garganega grapes. In the past decade Trebbiano Toscano and Pinot Bianco have been removed from the official makeup of Soave wines, leaving Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave (Verdicchio) as the only other grapes specifically sanctioned for use in the wines.
As is the case with so many Italian DOCs (well-known names like Chianti and Valpolicella among them), the Soave viticultural area was dramatically expanded in the mid–late 20th century. As the additional land rarely yielded the quality wine found in the classic production areas, this led to a drop in the overall quality of wine made under the Soave name. To remedy this, and to create distinction between the quality levels, the Soave Classico title was introduced to cover wines from the traditional, theoretically superior terroir.
The classico zone and title do not apply to sparkling Soave Spumante, and they are mirrored in the sweet wines of the Recioto di Soave DOCG.
Salvalai has been producing quality wines since 1870 from the grapes grown in the vineyards on the hills overlooking the Verona shore of Lake Garda, a wonderful landscape, rich in history and with a thousand-year old wine-growing tradition. With grapes harvested in the best vineyards, Salvalai makes wines such as the increasingly renowned and popular Ripasso and the inimitable Amarone, both produced using an intriguing, ancient grape drying technique, as well as the three “Classico” wines of the Verona area (Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella) and other wines of international fame, such as Merlot and Chardonnay, enhanced by customised ageing in oak casks.
Consolidated wine-making traditions are expressed to the full in a winery whose wines have been popular and respected throughout the world for many years now. In the late ’60s, Salvalai was one of the first wineries in the area to successfully export its wines beyond Italy’s borders.
Its vast experience in the difficult art of selecting and processing grapes to obtain fine wines and a sincere love of the job are combined with the deep-seated conviction that a company’s real assets lie in the bond of respect and trust it establishes with its customers.