The Veneto, which is comprised of towns such as Soave, Venice and Verona, is an enchanting region at the foothills of the Alpines. It is the setting of Romeo & Juliet, perhaps the most romantic story ever told. During the month of May, Eataly is proudly featuring and highlighting wines from Soave. Class will consist of a tasting of five Soave wines from 2 of the region's most prominent producers: Cantina del Castello and Le Albare. The tasting will be led by the enologist for the Soave Consortium, Giovanni Ponchia. Il Signor Ponchia will be visiting Eataly from Soave and has offered to teach this very special class. Wines will be paired with the Chef's selection of salumi and formaggi misti. Class will be complete with tasting notes and recommended recipes to take home.
Cantina del Castello Wines: Soave DOC Classico "Pressoni" 2009, Soave DOC Classico "Carniga" 2008, Recioto di Soave DOCG Classico "Cortepittora" 2006
Le Albare Wines: Soave DOC 2010, Soave Classico DOC Monte Majore 2010
Salumi & Formaggi Misti
Cantina del Castello, Le Albare & The Veneto
The Cantina del Castello is located in the Sanbonifacio Counts' Palace in Corta Pittora no. 5, a charming vineyard just below the Scaligero Castle in the heart of the medieval village of Soave. Legend has it that the tunnel underneath the palace was once used as a passageway to the Castle itself, hence the name Cantina del Castello, or "Castle Vineyard." The Cantina has produced wine since the 1960s, but has achieved its current splendor under the guidance of Arturo Stocchetti, who has been producing wine in accordance with Soave's noble cultural traditions for the last twenty years.
Le Albare is a small family winery in Monteforte d'Alpone in the Soave region. The winery is currently under the direction of the winemaker Stefano Posenato. Stefano led Le Albare to shine victorious in the 2000 Soave Top competition where it was awarded the "Medaglia d'Oro," or Gold Medal with their Soave D.O.C. Superiore.
The Veneto region of north-eastern Italy stretches from the northeast border with Austria to the Po River in the south and is bordered in the east by the Tagliamento River and the west by Lake Garda. Home to more than twenty DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) zones – more than any other region in Italy – the Veneto boasts an extensive history of high quality wine production. The vast and storied landscape of the region is divided into coastal territories, flat plains, Alpine foothills and mountainous areas which compromise the least populated zones. The importance of wine making in the Veneto can be attributed to the creation of viticulture and oenology educational institutions in the late 17th century. However, evidence shows that the Garganega grape was cultivated in Italy as early as the 14th century. Vintners continue to craft sought-after wines using varietals common to the region.
** Class duration is approximate and may vary by 10-15 minutes