Soave revolution: The producers and wines to know about

Soave town with its impressive Scaligero castle ramparts and tower, which date back largely to the 13th and 14th centuries.
Soave town with its impressive Scaligero castle ramparts and tower, which date back largely to the 13th and 14th centuries.

The Italian word soave is most commonly translated as ‘gentle’ or ‘delicate’, and for decades most local producers crafted their wines in this fashion. If you wanted a pleasant sipping wine, Soave fitted the bill, but on the whole, typical examples were not particularly complex or structured for enjoyment beyond four or five years.

Soave to this day is still dominated by simple offerings, as cantina sociale (cooperatives) and large companies lead production, while even many smaller estates seem content to stay the course and not challenge the status quo. Thankfully, however, there are a few dozen artisan producers who realise the distinct qualities of Soave and are proving the potential of this vastly underrated white wine – let’s call this the ‘Soave Revolution’.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for Hyland’s eight top Soave wines


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