Coffele Soave Classico Castel Cerino 2017

Superbly crisp and fresh. Lucious stone fruit like asian pear, lemongrass and almonds. Low in alcohol and extremely food friendly. All from biodynamic natural farming.



COFFELE is a historical benchmark winery of the medieval town of Soave. Located smack in the center, past the medieval town walls and adjacent to the likes of PieroPan and the coop Cantine Del Castello, they have been a family run traditional Soave producer since 1928. With the help of their parents, Giovanna Visco and Giuseppe Coffele, from whom they inherited their passion for the land and the vines, Alberto and Chiara run the winery situated a few steps away from the ancient castle of Soave in what is delineated by the Italian government as the "Classico" (historical) part of the denomination. Since about a decade the winery has been following full certified BIODYNAMIC PRACTICES (all natural - minimal intervention - spiritual viticulture). Soave is largely considered one of Italy's most historical and revered white wines and definitely Veneto's most important. The secret is largely due to 2 simple facts : the GARGANEGA varietal and the UNIQUE SOILS. Unlike all of Northern Italy, Soave is the only appellation situated on active volcanic soils (basica volcanic - black) intertwined with pure white Limestone. Back & White terroir in one. The Garganega grape, which already possesses characteristics of elegant acidity, juicy mid-palate, lemongrass, almonds & mineral aromatics gains even more depth and personality from the soils. Coffele's basic 'Soave Classico' is a true expression of the core of Soave wine. Largely considered in Italy as one of the best "entry level" Soave wines available, it is made 100% from Garganega coming from younger vines at 1050ft altitude, yielding lighter and fresher fruit for a stupendously thirst quenching and food friendly white. Exclusively stainless steel aged, using native yeasts and matured at lower temperatures to maintain freshness and enhance the lemongrass aroma typical of Garganega.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biodynamic
Winemaker Alberto Coffele
Producer Coffele
Alcohol 12.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.20
Acidity (g/l) 5.30
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Drink young
Grape Variety 100% - Garganega
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Veneto



Veneto is a region in the north of Italy, capital city Venice, where excellent red table wines abound, typically blended from the local varieties Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. Names like Bardolino and Valpolicella refer to the communes in the neighborhood of Lake Garda where the wines are produced.

The region is substantially protected from the harsh northern European weather by the Alps, whose foothills form Veneto's northern border. These cooler microclimates are well-suited to white varieties like Garganega, the main grape grown for Soave, while the warmer Adriatic coastal plains and river valleys produce the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino DOC reds.

One specialty of this region is a heady wine known as Amarone. These are made from the same grapes as Valpolicella, dried in the sun on racks to where they become raisins. Fnished dry, the wines possess great depth and presence on the palate. There is a related specialty, Recioto Amabile della Valpolicella, where the wine is finished with residual sugar, and another, sort of a halfway step between Valpolicella and Amarone known as Ripasso, where the Valpolicella is ennobled to a certain degree by means of being run through the lees of the Amarone pressing.

Veneto's growers are among the most modern in Italy. While most of the 'classic' wines from this area are based on native grape varieties like Glera (formerly known as Prosecco) and Verduzzo, high demand for Veneto wines in the European and US markets has tempted the region's producers into experimentation with Cabernets, Chardonnay and Pinot varieties, among others. One of Italy's leading wine schools, Conegliano, is based here and the nation's most important wine fair, Vinitaly, is held each spring in Verona.

Veneto is the 8th largest region of Italy in land mass, and a population of 4,371,000 ranks it 6th in that regard. It has over 90,000 hectares of vineyards, of which 35,400 being acclaimed DOC. Annual production totals 8,500,000 hectolitres, 1,700,000 or 21% of which is DOC, making it the biggest DOC producer in Italy. White wine accounts for 55% of the DOC production in Veneto.



Soave,...a name that for decades stood as one of Italy’s most worldly available white wines. At a time it became literally the most sold, widespread and exported Italian white wine. Along with the huge success and numbers, came the large industries that ended up eventually dismantling it’s stronghold reputation down to a pile of yesterday’s bricks. But the castle of Soave stands strong to this day and those “in the know”, know just how quality driven, terroir driven and varietal driven this ancient cult white of the region of Veneto still is. Especially when coming form properly farmed, quality driven, family owned producers such as Coffele (among a good handful of others).

Soave is produced in the North Eastern Italian region of Veneto, specifically in the county of Verona, right next to the adjacent famous red wine appellation called Valpolicella. Indeed, it was its proximity to the big red boys of Veneto that allowed Soave to flourish commercially as a “white in the land of reds”.

The wine can be made in both a regular DOC classification and the higher classified DOCG version, specifically dedicated to the “Superiore” type of Soave (with mention on label) that is made form riper grapes, containing over 13% alcohol and showcasing an increased structure and body, sometimes even aged in oak. The most celebrated though is the regular DOC, which really emphasizes the more food friendly, grassy, almond driven fresh personality of the wine. Made with at least 70% Garganega (the real rock star white grape of veneto) and 30% maximum of Trebbiano di Soave.
Five percent of ‘other varietals’ authorized in the area is also permitted although rarely implemented. The best examples will usually be made from 100% Garganega. Soave (pronounced So-Ah-Vay) is a dry white wine with intense mineral and dry fruit, lemongrass & almond characteristics, given by Garganega’s noble character and the presence of uniquely ancient soils of volcanic origin (some of the fewest in Northern Italy).

It is really this little niche of volcanic soils intertwined with limestone that provides the mineral backbone to balance out the juiciness and beef of Garganega, which only here in Soave reaches these levels of personality. It does not have strict aging regulations, which is left up to the style and will of each producer. Wines aged a minimum of 12 months may be labeled as Riserva and usually undergo oak treatment, although these versions are not the most traditional.

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