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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Monteforte d'Alpone, Soave
People: Antonio, Germano, and Cornelia Tessari, Owners & Winemakers
The Tessari family bleeds Garganega. For three generations they have been extracting delectable wine from the well cared for vines of their Monteforte d’Alpone vineyards in the prestigious area of Soave Classico. Back in 1933, with only a little over a hectare of Garganega grapes, Antonio Tessari hand dug his cellar and started the legacy of Cantina Tessari that continues today with his grandchildren: Germano, Antonio and Cornelia. The young, skillful grandchildren share the same strong spirit for making Garganega that their father Aldo did. From vineyard to bottle and through the supply chain--these three siblings oversee it all with an unwavering respect for tradition and a passion for the art of winemaking.
Cantina Tessari possesses 12 hectares of vineyards in the commune of Monteforte d’Alpone. Germano, Antonio and Cornelia have not altered the vines since their parents held rank. The family’s vines, exclusively of the native Garganega grape, are about 35 years old. The volcanic soils of the hillside are rich with basaltic rocks and clays, which guarantees the health of the plant and the promotion of minerality and floral aromas characteristic of the Garganega grape. A new winery was built in 2007.
About Soave: Soave is arguably the most famous white-wine DOC in Italy. Granted by the government in 1968, the DOC title covers wines made from Garganega grapes grown on the hillsides east of Verona, in the Veneto wine region of northeastern Italy. A dry, crisp, fruity white wine, Soave's naturally refreshing appeal led it to phenomenal popularity in the second half of the 20th Century.
The Soave wine region covers the communes of Monteforte d'Alpone, San Martino Buon Albergo, Mezzane di Sotto, Ronca, Montecchia di Crosara, San Giovanni Ilarione, San Bonifacio, Cazzano di Tramigna, Colognola ai Colli, Caldiero, Illasi, Lavagno and, of course, Soave itself. When the Soave DOC was officially created, the production area was significantly expandedto cover about three times its former area. Wines from the original, "classic" Soave vineyard area are distinguished by the title Soave Classico. Wines labeled as Soave Colli Scaligeri are from hillside vineyards whose terroir is considered superior but which lie outside the official Soave Classico zone.
Soave encompasses 16,400 acres of vines, but only 1,200 acres are in the hands of small family wineries like Cantina Tessari.