The ‘Grand Cru of Soave’: Ranked one of Italy’s best wines: The amazing single-vineyard Pieropan ‘Calvarino’ Soave Classico: Case of 12 bottles delivered
Wines honoured with a Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso are generally recognised as Italy’s best wines. It’s a really big deal for a wine to win this accolade—and our latest find, Pieropan ‘Calvarino’ Soave Classico, won the Tre Bicchieri in 2020. It is widely considered the ‘Grand Cru of Soave’.
Accolades pour in from the leading connoisseurs for this exceptional wine. It really is a delicious wine, which the Club Tasting Panel highly recommend: it offers fresh, floral aromas of elderflower, lemon and cherry, the palate dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse. It drinks like a fine Chablis.
Pieropan’s estate covers 58 hectares of vineyard which are situated on the stony hills of Soave Classico. The Pieropan family have been producing wines in Soave since the 1890s—and were the first to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first producer in Soave to make a single vineyard wine, ‘Calvarino’, in 1971.
Calvarino takes its name, ‘little Calvary’, from the steepness of the slope and the difficulty this presents in working the vineyard. Its basalt soil is classic in this part of Soave and is planted with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The Garganega gives structure and acidity to the wines; the Trebbiano di Soave gives perfume and richness of flavour. There are usually at least two passes through the vineyard to ensure the grapes are picked at the best possible stage of ripeness. The vineyards are farmed organically. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and are planted 200 to 300 metres above sea level.
The grapes were destemmed and crushed, the free-run juice was fermented at controlled temperatures between 16 and 18°C. The Calvarino is not aged in oak but remains on its lees for a year, adding complexity and depth to the final wine. It remained in bottle for a few months before release. Drinking beautifully now, it will continue to improve until 2025.
70% Garganega, 30% Trebbiano di Soave. Organic. ABV 12.5%.
Case of 12 bottles. Non Members £309. CCUK £229 with free UK mainland delivery.