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Gini Magic
01 July 2019

Did you know this is the summer of Soave? There are people out there very passionate about this misunderstood wine region. So much so that a group has clubbed together to promote the potential of this beautiful region throughout the UK all summer. Don’t be surprised to be seeing more of it at a wine shop near you. We are a big supporter. For far too long Soave Classico has been constrained by the image created by generic Soave producers that aspire only to sheer volume. Bland, factory-produced offerings designed to be drunk within 6 months. However, the magic happens when grown using the indigenous Garganega variety (as opposed to the more productive and neutral varieties used in regular Soave) in the Classico district on propitious hillside terroirs. This can yield bright, shimmering beauties of detail and precision that rank among Italy’s best white wines. Gini is one of THE great exponents, a leading light who through their attention to detail, organic viticulture and lower sulphite usage make some of Soave Classico’s most compelling and, often, age-worthy wines.

As well as producing a fabulous Soave Classico blend from hillside sites the Gini family owns vineyards in the two Classico Grand Crus of Soave, La Frosca and Salvarenza. The steep vineyard sites are a good vantage point to view the extensive planting on the less favourable flat lands below where much of the cheap non classico Soave is produced. La Frosca is a wine made from the fruits of the 90-year-old vines of the eponymous volcanic Cru vineyard, 180 metres above sea level. The wine is mainly fermented and aged in steel tank, however 20% is fermented in used oak barrels (a minimum of three years old). Salvarenza, on the other hand, is a partly pre-phylloxera vineyard with a limestone influence in the volcanic soils, from where the estate’s most serious and textured wines hail. Salvarenza is fermented and aged in neutral, used oak barrels for a year before bottling. Both wines are 100% Garganega.    Read More

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