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In 1982 Giovanni Tessari and his wife Rosetta, aware of their land’s great potential for producing high-quality wines, decided to stop taking their grapes to the local cooperative winery in order to produce their own wine. They felt a strong bond with the area’s tradition and culture, and so they decided to name their winery Suavia after the ancient town of Soave.
Soave – Veneto, Northeast Italy – Italy
For generations the life of the Tessari family has been dedicated to the cultivation of the vine in the Soave area, the oldest white wine production area in Italy. Since 1887 the family has owned vineyards at the very heart of the Soave Classica area. This is a restricted area with special soil, climatic and morphological conditions centred around the small village of Fittà. The Suavia wine farm is located in Fittà, in the municipality of Soave, at 296 metres above sea level.
Suavia’s modern and efficient winery was designed to produce only white wines using the best technology available, in order to obtain the very best from the region’s native grapes. There were two crucial points to the winery design: the first was to develop a structure capable of making the best possible use of gravity to reduce the movement of must and wine to a minimum, and the second was to create an architectural style that would blend seamlessly in with the surrounding wine producing landscape.
The farm’s twelve hectares of vineyards are located in the centre of the Soave Classica area. To be more precise, they belong to two particular microzones with unique and unmistakeable characteristics, those of Fittà and Castellaro.
The essential characteristics common to all the farm’s vineyards are the following:
- ovlcanic soil rich in trace elements;
- a hilly microclimate that is cooler and that of Soave;
- high altitude (at no point lower than 250 metres asl);
- perfect slope aspect;
- old vines (average 35 years); and
- native grape varieties.
When managing the vineyards, special attention is paid to three factors:
- plant balance;
- respect for the environment and landscape; and
- relationship between the variety of vine and territory.