The Tessari family have Soave in their blood. For three generations they have been extracting delectable wine from the well-cared-for vines of their Monteforte d’Alpone vineyards. With only a little over a hectare of Garganega grapes in the prestigious area of Soave Classico, Antonio Tessari hand-dug his cellar back in 1933, and started the legacy that continues today with his grandchildren: Germano, Antonio, and Cornelia. The young, skillful brothers share the same strong spirit for making Garganega that their father Aldo did. From the vineyard to bottle all the way to your table, these three siblings oversee it all, with unwavering respect for tradition, quality, and passion for the art of winemaking. The highly suited 12 hectares of Garganega vineyards – "Magnavacche","Costalta" and "Castellaro” – have not been altered since their parents held rank. Today the production is far different, with a new, well-equipped winery completed in 2007. The Tessari trio are able to continue down the path that was established for them when Antonio painstakingly shoveled the first rock eight decades ago.
The area of the Soave Classico zone stretches from the western edge of the town of Soave to Monteforte d’Alpone in the east. It climbs toward the northern hills of Lessinia and the soils of the region include both volcanic and limestone rock. The area is characterized by many fascinating and intriguing symbols of medieval kings, peasant devotion and ancient rivalries which are still present today. Noble palaces, shrines, and gothic silhouettes cover the towns and hills, and are a representation of the thousands of farmers and winemakers that were working daily in Soave. The density of this cultural and historic heritage is key to understanding the rich expression of the Soave cru’s. Soave Classico remains a fascinating puzzle: a patchwork of sub-zones and vineyards that are often not much more than a plot of one hectare. Each farmer or winemaker has passed down knowledge through each family generation of the composition and history of their own unique plot of land. source: wineandtravelitaly.com
Situated in the famous Soave wine zone, the Tessari winery possesses 12 hectares of vineyards in the areas: Magnavacche, Costalta and Castellaro, in the comune of Monteforte d'Alpone. The vines are on average 35 years old, and are found on the hills of Monteforte d'Alponein, the heart of the classic Soave wine zone. Characterized by a volcanic and clayey terrain, the soil is predominantly basalt-based and rich in minerals, which gives the final product its distinctive traits. The vines, exclusively of the native Garganega grape, lie around 250 meters above sea level, facing east/south-east, allowing them a fresh microclimate in a privileged location with respect to other vineyards.