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 Pieropan’s estate covers 30 hectares of vineyard, all of which are situated on the stony hills of the Soave Classico zone. The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him running the estate. In 1999, the Pieropan family bought a property in Cellore d’Illasi, in the Valpolicella production area and planted it with vines.

The soil is clay-basalt and volcanic in origin. Yields are low and the vines south facing. The vineyards are planted primarily with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave (no relation to its prolific Tuscan namesake). No pesticides or chemicals are used.

Vinification
The grapes were hand picked over several passes in the vineyard and then pressed and the juice separated from the skins. The must settled and clarified before a slow fermentation in temperature controlled cement vats at 20ºC. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks until bottling under stelvin closure in the spring. Converting this wine to stelvin closures has meant that it no longer qualifies as Soave Classico under the DOC rules despite every other aspect of the vineyards and wine-making fulfilling the criteria. The quality of the wine is paramount for the Pieropans so they felt that this was a necessary step to take.

Winemakers Comments
Andrea Pieropan says: "It is certainly the case in years with difficult weather conditions that having only your own vineyards means you can intervene quickly and take risky decisions in order to secure the best quality possible." He is happy with the 2010 vintage, feeling it will be a classic vintage that will result in wines that will age well.


Fresh and expressive, with a classic Soave character of white flowers, almond blossom and a touch of citrus. It has great balance between rounded, ripe fruit and a fresh, clean acidity. Long and fragrant, it has a note of fine, almond pastry on the finish.
 

Decanter

1st January, 2012

Christelle Guibert

A gently beguiling number, relying on a fine purity of apple, limes and a touch of stone fruit.

The Guardian

25th November, 2011

Fiona Beckett

Elegant, smooth.

Pieropan

The results of this philosophy are evident in his immaculate winery, carefully tended vineyards and outstanding wines. The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970, and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. In 1999, the Pieropan family bought a property in Cellore d’Illasi, in the Valpolicella production area and planted it with vines. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him and his wife, Teresita, in running the estate. After almost 80 years of bottling Soave Classico, Nino reluctantly abandoned the Classico appellation from 2008, believing it was time to move to a stelvin closure to protect the aromatic characters of his wine. Nino Pieropan attaches enormous importance to the quality of fruit produced in the estate’s 30-hectares of vineyards, which are situated in the heart of the Soave Classico zone, just to the east of Verona. After taking over the estate, he acquired crus such as La Rocca, Pigno, Palestrello and La Santa to add to Calvarino, which was bought by his grandfather in 1901. The vineyards are planted primarily with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. Nino‘s meticulous vineyard husbandry is innovative for the region and includes spur spruning, crop thinning and the use of organic fertilizers.

You can’t ask a father to choose his favourite child because the reply would be all or none! Every vineyard has a story behind it, some shorter than others but all still important. For us, Calvarino represents the history of the estate and has been a part of the property since 1901 whereas La Rocca has always been a winemaking challenge. The chalky terrain of this vineyard is unusual in the area, and produces a unique wine whose style was really revolutionary in the 70s and early 80s.  Vigna Garzon is a new challenge for us as we are making two red wines, Ruberpan and Amarone, after making white wines for 110 years! The terrain is wild and almost inhospitable, but this makes it fascinating. So you see, too many to compare or to choose! Andrea Pieropan.



Wine features
  • 0.75l volume
  • 12% ABV
  • Drink by 2015
  • Screw Cap
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