In a nutshell: A bright, light and floral Soave from vineyards outside Verona in north east Italy.
The lowdown: The grapes for this Soave are grown on the volcanic soils around Monteforte d'Alpone and made by the town's go-ahead cooperative. Gentle pressing followed by careful, chilled racking into stainless steel tanks for fermentation is the order of the day here. It yields an aromatic wine with attractive aromas of peach, pineapple, honey, ginger, citrus fruits and hints of almond. There is some weight on the palate and a soft slightly creamy texture plus a bit of honey, stem ginger and nuts. It's all very well balanced with a zesty, citrus finish.
When to drink: A suave Soave if ever there was one. Great for drinking by itself and perfect with seafood based pasta dishes.
The Cantina di Monteforte co-op is situated in the eastern part of Soave Classico. They have 1,200 hectares in total, many in Soave Classico, where they have some of the best vineyards, and some outside of the Classico zone.
60% of their vineyards are on the hills, facing south and south-east, which gives wines that are riper and fuller than most others produced in Soave. The co-op has 600 members and harvests about 20,000 tonnes of grapes a year. Cool breezes blowing down the Alpone Valley, from the foothills of the Dolomites to the north, give warm days and cool nights, which help with the accumulation of aromatic characters in the grapes. Winery director is Gaetano Tobin who has worked at Cantina Monteforte in various roles since 1982, becoming Managing Director in 2001.