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 Garganega Wine

Garganega is one of Italy’s most widely planted light-skinned varieties. It’s the pre-eminent white grape of the Veneto region, where it forms the backbone of Gambellara and Soave wines. There, it is often blended with Trebbiano di Soave (aka Verdicchio), Trebbiano Toscano, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay.

As a late-ripening variety, Garganega is particularly suited to making appassimento wines – the luscious, sweet wines made from dried, late-harvest grapes. In Soave, these wines have a separate DOCG, Recioto di Soave.

Garganega
Garganega Grapes

In a similar way to Chardonnay, Garganega can reflect the environment and the manner in which it is grown. In cooler sites it exhibits flinty, apple-like characteristics reminiscent of Chablis as well as good structure derived from its well-defined acidity. Warmer sites produce wines with a delicate expression, with citrus and stonefruit flavours. However, all of these characteristics can be easily diluted if the vines are allowed to follow their natural inclination to yield heavily.

When made in an appassimento style, Garganega wines are richly textured, with honey, tropical fruits and exotic spices combined with a backbone of citrus.

In addition to the aforementioned appellations, Garganega is present in a multitude of other DOCs in the Veneto: Arcole, Bianco di Custoza, Colli Berici, Monti Lessini and Vicenza all permit the use of Garganega. It can also be found in neighbouring Friuli and in the Lombardian DOCs around Lake Garda.

Further south in Umbria, the hills of Colli Amerini and Colli Perugini are home to some Garganega vines whose grapes are used as a minor blending ingredient for dry white and sparkling (spumante) wines. Supposedly the Sicilian variety Grecanico is the same as Garganega.

Synonyms include: Decanico, Dorana di Venetia, Grecanico, Lizzara, Oro, Ostesona.

Related blends: Soave Blend.

Food matches include:
Europe: Fried zucchini (zucchine fritte) (dry); almond bread pudding (sweet)
Asia: Steamed scallops (dry); sticky rice with mango (sweet)
Americas: Ground corn paste (humita) filled with goats’ cheese (dry)


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We found 237 matches for Garganega. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Inama Vin Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $15 2421
Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $32 4023
Bolla Soave, Veneto, Italy Soave $8 5019
Cantine Pra Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $17 5245
Gini Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $17 6438
Roberto Anselmi I Capitelli Bianco Dolce Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT $41 6737
Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT $37 10921
Giuseppe Quintarelli 'Amabile del Cere' Passito Bianco Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT $461 12143
Planeta Alastro Grecanico Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy Sicily $13 12307
Roberto Anselmi Capitel Croce Bianco Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT $20 12368
Suavia Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $13 12538
Tamellini Soave, Veneto, Italy Soave $17 13727
Romano Dal Forno 'Nettare', Veneto, Italy Veneto $342 13836
Azienda Agricola Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $20 14041
Bertani Sereole Soave, Veneto, Italy Soave $15 14484
Pieropan Le Colombare, Recioto di Soave DOCG, Italy Recioto di Soave $46 14851
Cantine Pra Cru Monte Grande Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $25 17115
Sartori di Verona Ferdi Bianco Veronese IGT, Veneto, Italy Verona IGT $15 18529
Ca Rugate Monte Fiorentine Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $18 18955
Gini La Frosca Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $22 19598
Antica Corte Garganega - Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy Veneto $6 20565
Roberto Anselmi Capitel Foscarino Bianco Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT $18 21924
Ca Rugate San Michele Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy Soave Classico $15 22589
Cantina della Valpantena Torre del Falasco Garganega Veneto IGT, Italy Veneto IGT $8 22788
Sartori di Verona Marani Bianco Veronese IGT, Veneto, Italy Verona IGT $10 23732
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