DOC area for white wine in the western part of the Italian region Veneto, The name Soave allegedly goes back to the immigrant from the north Swabia, who settled here in the Middle Ages. He also means gentle or lovely and is often used to describe the character. To the east of Soave is the DOC area Gambellara with similar wine. The area includes Caldiero, Cazzano di Tramigna, Colognola ai Colli, Illasi, Lavagno, Mezzane di Sotto, Montecchia di Crosara, Monteforte d'Alpone, Roncà, San Bonifacio, San Giovanni Ilarione, San Martino Buon Albergo and the eponymous Soave in the province of Verona.
The Classico area includes the communes of Monteforte d'Alpone and Soave. It lies on the often steep south and southwest slopes between the two places at 100 to 350 meters above sea level. The sub-zone Colli Scaligeri includes the municipalities of Caldiero, Cazzano di Tramigna, Colognola ai Colli, Illasi, Lavagno, Mezzane di Sotto, Montecchia di Crosara, Monteforte d'Alpone, Roncà, San Giovanni Ilarione, San Martino Buon Albergo and Soave. The vineyards cover a total of about 5,300 hectares east of Verona in the alluvial plain of the Adige.
The white wine is going out Garganega (about 70%), as well as in any mixture of Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave / Trebbiano Nostrano logo CNRS logo INIST Verdicchio Bianco (max 30%, of which max 5% other approved varieties). According to the origin of the grapes, the Denominations of Origin Soave, Soave Classico and Soave Colli Scaligeri. In addition, will also be Spumante produced. In 2001, the two wine types Soave Superiore and Soave Classico Superiore were classified as DOCG. The minimum alcohol content is 12%, at Riserva 12.5% vol. You must mature at least 3 months in the bottle, a Riserva at least 24 months, including 3 months in the bottle. The cute Recioto di Soave already received the DOCG classification in 1998.