Garganega

White grape variety

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What is Garganega?

Garganega is a productive white grape variety from northern Italy, primarily responsible for Soave, whose notoriously variable quality depends on yields being kept in check.

What does Garganega taste like?

Garganega at its finest makes refreshingly dry wines with delicate blossom and citrus aromas accompanied by flavours of ripe pear, apricots, and fresh herbs with a savoury finish. It may be unoaked with a steely, mineral character or oaked in a richer, more opulent style. When produced on flat, fertile soil in large volumes, Garganega quickly becomes thin and neutral in flavour. Garganega’s high acidity lends itself well to sweet wines, most famously Recioto di Soave, a vibrant burst of caramelised apple, honey and spice that is intense yet refreshing.

Where is Garganega from?

Garganega has a long history in the Veneto, especially Soave, although it is impossible to know whether it was responsible for the praise given to Soave wine by a writer in the 6th century BC. Garganega’s close genetic links to many other Italian varieties demonstrate its formative role in the country’s viticultural identity.
 


Where does Garganega grow?

Garganega’s main home is the Veneto in northeast Italy. Although the grape is most prominently associated with Soave, it also plays an important role in other popular Veneto denominations such as Blanco di Custoza and Gambellara. Garganega’s other main Italian hub is at the very southern tip of the country in Sicily, where it is called Grecanico Dorato. Garganega’s international presence is almost entirely restricted to small-scale plantings in Australia.

Famous Garganega regions:

  • Soave, Veneto, Italy
  • Gambellara, Veneto, Italy

Anything else?

Garganega was only confirmed in 2003 as genetically identical to Grecanico Dorato, a grape planted extensively in Sicily and widely considered by locals there as native to the island. How and when the same variety ended up at opposite ends of the country remains unclear.

Our selection of great Garganega

- Pieropan, Soave

- Inama, Soave

Country of origin: Italy
Color: white
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 4 to 25 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Dorana di Venetia, Garganega Biforcuta, Garganega piramidale, Garganega Grosso, Garganega Comune, Garganega di Gambellara, Garganegra, Garganega rossa, Garganega Veronese, Garganega Frastagliata, D'Oro, Garganega Bianca, Garaganega Gentile, Grecanico, Grecanico Dorato, Ora, Oro, Ostesona, Ostesa

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2022 Fontana Soave DOC
Tenuta Sant'Antonio - Famiglia Castagnedi
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Fontana Soave DOC White Wine
92
2022 Soave Classico DOC
Monte Tondo
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Soave Classico DOC White Wine
92
2022 Ferra Soave Classico DOC
Guerrieri Rizzardi
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13%
Ferra Soave Classico DOC White Wine
91
2022 Fonte Soave Classico DOC
Canoso
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Fonte Soave Classico DOC White Wine
91
2022 Lepiga Soave DOC
Tenuta Santa Maria
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Lepiga Soave DOC White Wine
91
2022 Oasi San Giacomo Soave DOC
Allegrini
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13%
Oasi San Giacomo Soave DOC White Wine
91
2022 Soave Classico DOC
Pieropan
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12%
Soave Classico DOC White Wine
91
2022 Soave Classico DOC
Gini
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12%
Soave Classico DOC White Wine
91
2022 Corte Sant'Alda - Fienile Soave DOC
Camerani
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Corte Sant'Alda - Fienile Soave DOC White Wine
91
2022 Danieli Soave DOC
Fattori
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Danieli Soave DOC White Wine
91
2022 Le Calle Soave DOC
Ilatium Morini
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13,5%
Le Calle Soave DOC White Wine
91
2022 Roncà Monte Calvarina Soave DOC
Dal Cero Family - Tenuta Corte Giacobbe
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Roncà Monte Calvarina Soave DOC White Wine
91
2022 Soave Classico DOC
Pieropan
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12%
Soave Classico DOC White Wine
91
2022 Vin Soave Classico DOC
Inama
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12%
Vin Soave Classico DOC White Wine
91
2022 Barabao Garganega Veronese IGP
Cà dei Maghi
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13,5%
Barabao Garganega Veronese IGP White Wine
91
2022 Cecilia Beretta Brognoligo Biologico Soave Classico DOC
Pasqua
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13,5%
Cecilia Beretta Brognoligo Biologico Soave Classico DOC White Wine
90
2022 Pastel Soave Classico DOP
Tenuta Valleselle - Tinazzi
Italy
Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13%
Pastel Soave Classico DOP White Wine
90
2022 Colbaraca Soave Classico Superiore DOCG
Masi
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
13%
Colbaraca Soave Classico Superiore DOCG White Wine
90
2022 Soave DOC
Ilatium Morini
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12%
Soave DOC White Wine
90
2022 Bocara Gambellara Classico DOC
Cavazza
Italy
Veneto,  Italy
White Wine
Garganega
12,5%
Bocara Gambellara Classico DOC White Wine
89
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