Recioto di Soave, produced in the Soave area, was the first wine in the Veneto Region to obtain the D.O.C.G. designation in 1998.
The existence of a sweet white wine similar to Recioto di Soave in the Verona area was mentioned as early as the fifth century, when an eminent minister to King Theodoric ordered “white” Acinatico as well as “red” Acinatico fot the guests at the royal table, made from grapes “selected from the home pergolas”, with the hanging grapes preserved as late as winter.
The name Recioto comes from the word “recia”, Veneto dialect for ear, which symbolises the characteristic shape of the upper section of a bunch of Garganega grapes, the part richest in sugar and exposed the longest to the sun, and which is selected to make the wine. The best bunches are dried on racks for a period ranging from 4 to 6 months before they are pressed. The fermentation that follows is very slow and long, and takes place in small barrels.
D.O.C.G. wines are Recioto di Soave, Recioto di Soave classico – made in the area defined as “classica” – and Recioto di Soave spumante. Recioto di Soave is a bright golden yellow, with a greater or lesser intensity; its bouquet is fruity with hints of vanilla; it is sweet, velvety and smooth, full-bodied with possible hints of wood.
where to find it
Coffele Az. Agr., Corte Moschina Az. Agr., El Vegro Az. Agr., Franchetto Az. Agr., Gini Sandro & Claudio Az. Agr., La Cappuccina Az. Agr., Marco Mosconi Az. Agr., Monte Tondo Az. Agr., Nardello Az. Agr., Vicentini Agostino Az. Agr., Cantina del Castello, Tenuta Sant'Antonio, T.E.S.S.A.R.I. Az.Agr., Ca' Rugate Az.Agr., Corte Adami Az. Agr. , Giannitessari Az. Agr. , Villa Mattielli Az. Agr., Cantina di Soave , Soc. Agr. Vitiv. Corte Mainente, Casa vinicola Bennati SpA, Collis Group, Comune di Soave , Comune di Roncà, Azienda Agricola Canoso