Soave Classico is the area where this wine was historically first made and covers mainly the hillsides of the townships of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone. In contrast to other famous winemaking areas of Veneto, it is essentially volcanic in origin, which lends for the potential for remarkable mineral laden wines.
The Tessari family have Soave in their blood and their focus has been and still remains solely on the Garganega grape. For three generations they have been crafting delectable wine from the well cared for vines of their Monteforte d’Alpone vineyards. The hills here are exposed to the east, allowing the vines to bask in the morning rather than the warmer afternoon sunshine resulting in wines with more acidity and freshness. With only a little over a hectare of Garganega grapes in the prestigious area of Soave Classico, Antonio Tessari hand dug his cellar back in 1933 and started the legacy that continues today with his grandchildren Germano, Antonio and Cornelia.
Together the young, skillful brothers share the same strong spirit for making Garganega that their father Aldo did. This is true family affair; from vineyard to bottle these three siblings oversee it all with unwavering respect for tradition, quality and passion for the art of winemaking. The highly regarded 12 hectares of Garganega vineyards “Magnavacche”, “Costalta” and “Castellaro” have not been altered since their parents began the winery. Following tradition, the Tessaris continue down the down the path that was established for them when Antonio painstakingly first broke ground eight decades ago.
There are five wines bottled under the Tessari label, Soave Classico ‘Grisela’, Soave Classico ‘Bine Longhe’, Recioto di Soave, Garganega Brut and their newest bottling, Garganega sur lie, made from Garganega grapes ‘re-fermented’ in the bottle ‘col fondo’, as their grand parents practiced before modern sparkling techniques.