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The Garganega Grape

Garganega is an Italian white grape mainly found in the Veneto region of North Eastern Italy.  It is the 6th most planted grape in the country and it forms the basis of Soave and also Gambellara.  It has been proven that the Garganega grape is genetically identical to the Sicilian grape Grecanio.

As it is a late ripening variety, Garganega is used to make 'appassimento' wines (sweet wines made from dried late harvest grapes).  Soave has it's own DOCG for this wine - Recioto di Soave.

Similar to Chardonnay, Garganega tends to reflect the environment and manner in which it is grown.  In cooler climates it shows flinty, apple-like characteristics similar to Chablis.  In warmer environments the wine is still delicate but gives flavours of citrus and stone fruits.

These vines do, however, tend towards high yields and all of these delicate qualities can be lost if the vines are allowed to over crop.

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