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Cantina di Soave

The Cantina di Soave was founded in 1898 and is today one of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers.


The Cantina di Soave was founded in 1898 and is today one of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers. With 6,000 hectares of vineyards, the winery not only boasts an impressive past, but exhibits today a dynamism that is expressed in a wealth of initiatives and novel challenges. Piece by piece, Cantina di Soave has succeeded in assembling over time an illustrious mosaic of winemaking facilities and vineyards that now extends far beyond its territory of Soave, home of the celebrated Soave wine, to include the Garda area and the hills of Valpolicella, the domain of Amarone.

Faithful to its tradition of constant growth and to careful attention to the distinctive characteristics of each single growing area, Cantina di Soave has created over the years a rich portfolio of vineyards dedicated for the most part to growing the area’s native grape varieties, in particular the garganega grape, which produces Soave, and corvina, molinara, and rondinella, which yield Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone. The winery’s goals are to further develop the varieties’ quality potential and to contribute to their long tradition, to which Cantina di Soave feels itself strongly bound. As the latest pearl in its already-precious strand, the winery has acquired the Montecchia di Crosara cellar, whose standard-bearer, Durello, is produced from the indigenous durella grape.

As one of the leading producers in the Italian and international wine world, Cantina di Soave has won a distinctive reputation for marrying effectively a winemaking heritage represented by a rich array of small producers with a marketing structure designed to understand and satisfy the needs of today’s markets.
The first grouping of local grapegrowers dates back to 1898; it was an un-planned association, the embryonic form of what would later develop into the present Cantina di Soave. The cooperative that then emerged was even in those early days a vertically-integrated cooperative producer; it exercised, that is, full control over the entire production process, from vineyard to marketing and sales.

In the 1930s, it was formally established, with the name Cantina Sociale Cooperativa di Soave, with 51 partners. During that period, it launched the Bottega del Vino (today a celebrated enoteca and restaurant) in the heart of Verona, where wine was served from the barrel, and the winery became as well official supplier to Italy’s Royal House.

In 1962, in response to market growth, the partners grew to 434. The facilities expanded as well, and a new grape-crushing area was added a few hundred metres from the original cellar. An underground conduit, still in use today, brought the juice from there to the winemaking cellar.

The 1980s were a crucial milestone in Cantina di Soave’s business plan, since the winery decided to link its future growth to establishing its own brand.

In 1993, a new facility of over 10,000 square metres was constructed next to the crushing area; today it is utilised for bottling and packaging.

In 1994, Cantina di Soave acquired control of Equipe 5, the prestigious spumante producer in the Trentino, a quality leader in that area’s highly-respected tradition of classic-method sparkling wines.

 

In 1996, the addition of Cantina di Cazzano di Tramigna, in the Valpolicella area, made possible the increased production of Valpolicella DOC wines.

In 1999, Cantina di Soave purchased the Maximilian brand, which today represents a hallmark for charmat-method spumantes.

The new millennium witnessed the re-structuring Borgo Rocca Sveva, completed in 2003. The only one of its kind architecturally, the complex has now been elegantly renovated. It boasts a meeting centre, as well as a research and study centre affiliated with the Science and Technology Department of the University of Verona. It is also the headquarters of a modern winery with a separate winemaking cellar, which produces the Rocca Sveva wines and the classic-method Equipe 5 and Riserva dei Cinque spumantes.

In 2005, the Cantina di Illasi became part of the Cantina di Soave, bringing with it a substantial number of vineyards in the Valpolicella DOC zone.

In 2008, finally, the Cantina di Montecchia di Crosara was acquired, and with it its Lessini Durello DOC wine.
The Cantina di Soave thus enjoys control over some 6,000 hectares in the Verona area, and boasts 2,200 member-partners, with production facilities at 6 locations: Via Roma, Viale Vittoria, Cazzano di Tramigna, Borgo Rocca Sveva, Illasi, and Montecchia.

In 2009, the launching of a marketing organisation in the United States represented a new stage of growth and development. Cantina di Soave USA is the result of a desire to participate on the front line in the American market, with wines that constitute the heritage of the Verona area.

Cantina di Soave boasts 6,000 hectares of vineyards distributed throughout the Verona area. Its agronomists directly control all of the vineyards, and determine appropriate methodologies and time-frames for balanced development of each vineyard.

Cantina di Soave manages: 


48% of the vineyards that are located in the Soave DOC, 


43% of the Soave Classico DOC, 


49% of the Valpolicella DOC and 


70% of the Lessini Durello DOC, 


percentages that testify to the winery’s widespread presence throughout the area of Verona.

This extremely high number of vineyards, combined with Cantina di Soave’s vertically-integrated control over the entire production process, allows the winery to enjoy a vast supply of grapes; it can therefore “select” only the finest lots of fruit, thus ensuring for each vintage and each type of wine the highest-quality production possible. Only the finest lots of wine are matured and bottled; the remaining wine is sold off in bulk.

 

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