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The roots of the history of Soave wine lie in antiquity, from the period 150/300 A.D. The volcanic origins of the soils and their relative characteristics of lime and basalt have, over the course of time, contributed to shaping the organoleptic and aromatic profile of the grapes and the wines derived from them. Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave are the indigenous varieties which constitute the soul of Soave wine. There are circa 1200 hectares in the historic, hilly area of Soave Classico, between the district of Soave and that of Monteforte d’Alpone, known to be the district with the highest winegrowing density in Italy, where the vineyards of Ca’ Rugate are to be found, sited in a highly advantageous position. Garganega is rightly numbered among the most interesting of all white grape vine varieties, in that it can combine perfectly both freshness and complexity, as well as immediacy in the mouth combined with out-of-the-ordinary longevity.

Vineyards

MONTE FIORENTINE

Monte Fiorentine

TREMENALTO

Tremenalto

MONTE ALTO

Monte Alto

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Monte Fiorentine is a territory in the Rugate district, in the heart of the Soave Classico, characterised by hills with an average altitude between 120 m and 350 m. It has belonged to the Tessari family since 1945, and is an historic vineyard par excellence, evocative, homogeneous and entirely planted with Garganega grapes. Since 1986 it has constituted the cru named Monte Fiorentine, which refers to the highest quality level of Soave Classico in the Tessari production.

PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 5.85.36 ha.
EXPOSURE: East, South-East, South-West,
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Garganega
BIODIVERSITY ON SITE: Natural woodland
ALTITUDE: 120 – 350 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: Broad steps
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 4,500
IRRIGATION: under canopy support system
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 8,000 kg
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
N° BUDS/VINE: 9 - 11
PLANTING PATTERN: 2.5 x 0.9 m
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 1945
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
GROWING SYSTEM: Verona mono-lateral pergola
PRUNING: Pergola, single shoot

MONTE FIORENTINE

The expert hands of the men begin their work. They remove the unproductive shoots so that the better ones can develop, and thin out the leaves near the bunches to expose them better to the sunlight that ripens them.

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Trebbiano di Soave

Trebbiano di Soave and Verdicchio have the same origin. In the fifteenth century some Verona farmers moved to the Marche, which was depopulated due to the plague, taking with them the rooted cuttings of their vines. The historic separation explains the marked differences in fragrance between these two vine varieties today.

CHARACTERISTICS: produces wines of straw yellow or greenish colour, which tend to become golden yellow with ageing. Delicate on the nose, the taste is persistent and derives from an unusually marked sapidity.

PLANT: Trebbiano di Soave is a vigorous vine characterised by high productivity.

BUNCH: medium and compact, elongated pyramid shape.

GRAPE: spherical, medium sized, green skin colour, thick and strong, with widespread speckles.

RIPENING TIME: mid-September.

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Garganega

This is the most important white grape in the Verona province. Of Etruscan origin, its presence has been confirmed in vineyards with pergola structures, tried and then widely used by the Etruscans in most of north-east Italy.

CHARACTERISTICS: the wine obtained from these grapes is straw yellow with intense, fruity flavours, the sharpest of which are almond and white flowers. The flavour is dry and sapid with hints of bitter-sweet almond. With dried grapes wine is obtained which is golden, brilliant with marked hints of exotic fruit and dried fruit, while keeping an appreciable acidity. The acidity is optimal, supported by a good sapid structure. On the nose we find sharp mineral sensations, derived from the volcanic soil.

PLANT: it is a vigorous vine, featuring a good and constant yield, and growth has to be kept contained to reach best quality.

BUNCH: fairly large, cylindrical pyramidal with wings, very sparse.

GRAPE: medium sized, spherical, tough skin with bloom and very yellow (almost copper-red) when ripe.

RIPENING TIME: between end of September and first ten days of October.

 

Wines

San Michele Soave Classico

SAN MICHELE SOAVE CLASSICO

DENOMINATION

Soave Classico DOC

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Garganega

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol:12%
Suggested initial serving temperature: 10° - 12°C

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Monte Fiorentine Soave Classico

MONTE FIORENTINE SOAVE CLASSICO

DENOMINATION

Soave Classico DOC

GRAPE VARIETY

90% Garganega
10% Trebbiano di Soave

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol: 12.5%
Suggested initial serving temperature: 10° - 12°C

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Monte Alto Soave Classico

MONTE ALTO SOAVE CLASSICO

DENOMINATION

Soave Classico DOC

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Garganega

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol: 13%
Suggested initial serving temperature: 12°C

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DENOMINATION

Veneto Bianco IGT

GRAPE VARIETY

60% Trebbiano di Soave
40% Garganega

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol: 13% circa
Suggested initial serving temperature: 10° - 12°C

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Fulvio Beo Metodo Classico

FULVIO BEO METODO CLASSICO

DENOMINATION

Spumante Metodo Classico

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Garganega

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol: 12.5%
Suggested initial serving temperature: 8°C

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La Perlara Recioto di Soave

LA PERLARA RECIOTO DI SOAVE

DENOMINATION

Recioto di Soave Docg

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Garganega

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol: 13.5%
Suggested initial serving temperature: 10°C

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Corte Durlo Vin Santo di Brognoligo

CORTE DURLO VIN SANTO DI BROGNOLIGO

DENOMINATION

Veneto Bianco Passito I.G.T.

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Garganega

ANALYTICAL DATA

Alcohol volume: around 12.5%
Suggested initial serving temperature: 10°C

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Andamento Climatico

There are difficult years, some are dry, others are rainy. Then there is the soil to manage and look after. To know and follow the trends in the weather is an essential part of understanding how to act and work on the various vineyards, with the quality of the final result in mind. “Since January 2012 we have been equipped with three electronic stations that allow us to find out accurately the weather data necessary for adopting the crop protection system and to see the climatic characterisation of single years.” This was a necessary step, based on the awareness that climate variables affect the expressiveness and the quality of the wine. The data for each year involve the three zones over which the Tessari family’s vine-planted hectares are spread: Soave Classico, Valpolicella and Lessini Durello. These data guide our work every day and partly influence our agricultural choices.

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