Marta Soave DOC 2021
1 or more bottles$28.00
Winemaker Gino Magnabosco’s family has been producing superb wines from the beautiful historic Monte Tondo estate in the hills of Soave near Verona for 3 generations. Marta is named in honour of Gino’s daughter, Marta Magnabosco, who is part of the winery team.
Vineyards include many old vines, including a number of ungrafted vines from the pre-Phylloxera era. Altitudes of 150 to 400 metres, with warm, sunny days and cold nights, produce intensely flavoured grapes which are made into dry, refreshing whites and rich, velvety reds.
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Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.
The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.
Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
Veneto in the northeast of Italy, is the 8th largest region in Italy in terms of landmass, and over 90,000 hectares are under vine, of which some 35,000 hectares are DOC, making Veneto the largest producer of DOC wines in Italy. Venetian viticulture dates back to the Roman times, but phylloxera and world wars saw large cooperatives come to the region taking over many smaller vineyards.
The region is protected from the harsh European climate by the Alps, in the north of Veneto, though the cool climate there is ideal for producing Garganega, the main variety in the white wine Soave. To the east, along the Adriatic coast, the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino DOC reds are produced. Reds are often blended with multiple grapes although straight varietals like Cabernet Franc can be very enjoyable.
The plains of Piave produce vast quantities of wine, rather than necessarily producing the highest quality wines and up in the Conegliano hills to the north is home to the Prosecco variety, which is growing in popularity, and seen as a bargain alternative to Champagne.
A small wine-producing comune (Italian for municipality or township) of the Veneto region in the northern Italian province of Verona, Soave is the country’s largest white-wine appellation. The region features two well-defined landscapes: northern foothills and southern plains. Soave is known for its wines from the Garganega grape – a vigorous and late-ripening white variety. Soave wines are typically high in acidity, with medium body and aromas and flavours of citrus (lemon), green fruit (apple and pear), stone fruit (when at the peak of ripeness), and white pepper. Generally, these wines are unoaked, though some of the more premium expressions do spend time on oak. Soave wines are commonly for drinking in their youth, though the finest examples do have some ageing potential and can develop almond and honey notes. Within Soave, there are three main Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOCs) for dry wines: Soave DOC, Soave Classico DOC, and Soave Superiore Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), each with regulations and specifics concerning location and production.
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