Soave sits on the edge of the pre-Alps and fertile plain of the Po basin, with those coming from the hillsides are the only ones that we would consider stocking at Noble Grape. Here in the hills, there is a split between those on limestone formations and those on volcanic formations, but either way Soave is a thoroughly interesting wine for the adventurous wine drinker. Garganega is the main variety, but there can be small additions of other varieties such as Trebbiano di Soave (recently identified as being identical to Verdicchio), and the lesser Trebbiano Toscano.
The Soave consorzio has been very smart and forward thinking in identifying its subzones and encouraging producers to label their wines according to their specific origins. Testament to the potantial for quality that can be found here.
Richard Ballantyne MW