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Friday, August 30 2019

Real Wine: Gini Soave Classico

By: Treve Ring
Monteforte, Veneto, Italy

The Gini family has cultivated vineyards in Monteforte since 1600, making them one of the oldest wine producers in the Soave Classico zone.

The winery and knowledge of the lands have been passed down through the centuries, from generation to generation. Brothers Sandro and Claudio are currently in charge of the estate, entrusted by their father Olinto to lead the family into the future. Olinto was a pioneer of the area, producing a sulphite-free wine back in 1985 when it was even more revolutionary to do so than today. Their 50 hectares of vineyards are certified organic, and stretch between Monteforte, within DOC Soave Classico, to Campiano, in DOC Valpolicella. Many hillside vineyards range from 80-100+ years old, with one third in the Contrada Salvarenza zone own-rooted (ungrafted). The volcanic tuff and chalky soils amplify the minerality in their wines, reflecting the cool, wind-swept terroir where they are planted, and contributing to their longevity.

Their wines are amongst the highest in Soave and a unique, pure expression of what garganega can achieve in the area. 

Written By: TR
Treve Ring
Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a writer, editor, judge, consultant, educator and certified sommelier based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. After completing her Art History degree with Distinction from the University of Victoria and being exposed to the world of wine business at Christie's in London, England, she switched gears, leaving the realm of art for the world of wine.