DOC area for white wine in the west of the Italian region Veneto, The name Soave supposedly goes back to the Swabians who immigrated from the north and settled here in the Middle Ages. But it 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 zone includes the municipalities of 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 municipalities of Monteforte d'Alpone and Soave. It lies on the often steep south and south-west slopes between the two places at 100 to 350 meters above sea level. The Colli Scaligeri subzone comprises 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 around 5,300 hectares east of Verona in the alluvial plain of the Adige.
The white wine is made Garganega (70%), as well as in any mixture of Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave / Trebbiano Nostrano Verdicchio Bianco (max. 30%, of which max. 5% other approved varieties). According to the origin of the grapes, there are the designations of origin Soave, Soave Classico and Soave Colli Scaligeri. It also becomes a 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 have to ripen at least 3 months in the bottle, a Riserva at least 24 months, of which 3 months in the bottle. The cute Recioto di Soave already received the DOCG classification in 1998.