Soave

Soave

The Soave territory extends over hills, some with gentle slopes, others in steeper, rougher places where the vineyards alternate with olive groves and fruit orchards. The volcanic origin of the land and its limestone and basalt characteristics make the soil generous, capable of giving life and taste to the typical grapes of this region, Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The climate is mild and temperate, with rainfall mainly in spring and autumn. Here, between the historic “Soave Classico” zone, “Soave Doc” and the sub-zone “Colli Scaligeri”, is the birthplace of white wines known throughout the world. There are about 1,700 hectares of the historic and hilly part of “Soave Classico”, between Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone, the district with the highest density of vineyards in Italy, where the vineyards for Ca' Rugate’s Soave Classico lie.

The grapes

TREBBIANO DI SOAVE
TREBBIANO DI SOAVE
BUNCH: Medium, elongated pyramid with a wing, rather compact. GRAPE: Medium size, green skin color quite thick and firm. CHARACTERISTICS: Straw yellow or greenish in color, extraordinary persistance.
GARGANEGA
GARGANEGA
BUNCH: Quite large, pyramid shaped, very sparse. GRAPE: Medium size, tough skin, particularly yellow (almost red) when ripe. CHARACTERISTICS: High acidity, good structure, mineral hints coming from volcanic soil.
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. 

The vineyards
Monte Fiorentine

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. 

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS

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

Tremenalto

Tremenalto is a district in a hilly part of the historic Soave Classico region of Brognoligo, characterised by an average altitude between 90 and 170 m, with steep slopes in the high part and predominantly south/south-east exposure. It has belonged to the Tessari family since the 1980s and because of its size but above all for its quality it is one of the most important of the company’s vineyards. The vine-groves vary in age and layout, and were planted with different time lapses between 1961 and 2004. They are mainly planted with Garganega, the prince of the Soave wine varieties produced by Tessari. Watch the VIDEO.

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS 

PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 11.40 ha.
GROWING SYSTEM: mixed guyot and unilateral pergola
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Garganega
EXPOSURE: South/ South-East
ALTITUDE: 90 - 170 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: up the slope and broad steps
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 27%
IRRIGATION: under canopy support system
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 4,850
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 10,000 kg.
PLANTING PATTERN: 2.2 x 0.9 m in the up-slope parts, 3 x 1 m in the unilateral pergola
N° BUDS/VINE: 8 - 10
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 1961
PRUNING: guyot, with single shoot

Cavaggioni

Cavaggioni is a territory in the sub-zone of Tremenalto, name of the hilly area in Soave Classico at Brognoligo, in the district of Monteforte d’Alpone. The hills are characterised by an average altitude between 110 m and 230 m, with steep slopes and mainly south/south-east exposure. It has belonged to the Tessari family since the ‘90s, and is one of the most important vineyards both for its evenly distributed layout and excellent soil/climatic characteristics. This very evocative vineyard is cultivated with Trebbiano di Soave grapes.

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS

PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 1.8 ha
EXPOSURE: South/ South-East
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Trebbiano di Soave
BIODIVERSITY ON SITE: Natural woodland
ALTITUDE: 110 - 230 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: Broad steps
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 4,120
IRRIGATION: under canopy support system
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 9,500 kg
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
N° BUDS/VINE: 7 - 8
PLANTING PATTERN: 3 x 0.8 m
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 2
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
GROWING SYSTEM: Verona mono-lateral pergoletta
PRUNING: Guyot, with single shoot

Iscri

Iscri is a territory in the sub-zone of Tenda characterised by an average altitude between 100 m and 170 m. It is a tidy, evocative, evenly laid-out vineyard, planted with Trebbiano di Soave grapes for the production of one of the firm’s most representative wines - Studio. Iscri has belonged to the Tessari family since 2007.

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS

PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 0.5 ha.
EXPOSURE: East
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Trebbiano di Soave
BIODIVERSITY ON SITE: Natural woodland ALTITUDE: 100 – 170 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: Terraced
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 6,800
IRRIGATION: under canopy support system
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 9,000 kg
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
N° BUDS/VINE: 7 - 8
PLANTING PATTERN: 2.1 x 0.7 m
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 2009
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
PRUNING: Guyot, with single shoot
GROWING SYSTEM: Guyot

Studio

Studio is the name of a vineyard placed in the amphiteather hill named Tenda, in the historical zone of Soave Classico at Brognoligo in Monteforte d’Alpone district.
The hills are between 95 - 160 mt a.s.l. with considerable sloope on the top of the hills and south/southeast exposure. Since 1990 it belongs to Tessari Family and it represents the youngest vineyards of the winery. The suggestive vineyard with Arena shape is based on Trebbiano di Soave grapes for the production of one of the most representative wine of the winery: Studio

FEATURES VINEYARDS

AREA PLANTED: 4.05 Ha.
EXPOSURE: South/ South East
GRAPES VARIETIES: Trebbiano di Soave
ALTITUDE: 95 – 160 mt a.s.l.    
CROPPING: Vertical Ploughing 

PLANTING DENSITY: 5.120 /Ha
IRRIGATION: Underfoliage rescue
ENVIRONMENT: Woodland
GRAPE PRODUCTIVITY / HA: 95 q/Ha
FEED: Organic in  Autumn
NO. BUD/VINE: 8 - 10 
PLANTING DISTANCES: 2,20 x 0,90mt
YEAR OF ESTABLISHMENT: 2009
SOIL MANAGEMENT: Regressing
TRAINING: Guyot
SLOOPNESS: 34 %
PRUNING: Guyot, one shoot

The wines Soave

Climatic trends

Sun, rain, wind, every day has its weather and every year is different. Just as the essence of the grapes is different in every wine-harvest.
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