Halliday - - Verona, Italy -

We vis­ited the Cof­fele win­ery and cel­lar door in Soave. It’s set in a cas­tle, as you do, and all the whites have a glint in their eye as if ges­tur­ing you to drink some more. Ev­ery­thing about this cob­bled-street wine town is idyl­lic, and then some. Soave the re­gion makes Soave the wine, which is the coun­try’s clas­sic and ubiq­ui­tous white wine, in much the same way as sau­vi­gnon blanc is for New Zealand. When Soave is at its best, it’s made with the grape va­ri­eties gar­ganega and treb­biano, though chardon­nay is also per­mit­ted in the blend. Wine tour­ing here is so of­ten per­formed in sum­mer and based around red wine, but this does not com­pute. Tour­ing Soave on a warm day proves there’s a bet­ter way.

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