The Recioto di Soave PDO is reserved for the following typologies of wine: White (Sweet) and Spumante.
The production area of Recioto di Soave PDO is within the territory, in whole or in part, of the municipalities of Soave, Monteforte d’Alpone, San Martino Buon Albergo, Mezzane di Sotto, Roncà, Montecchia di Crosara, San Giovanni Ilarione, Cazzano di Tramigna, Colognola ai Colli, Caldiero, Illasi and Lavagno in the Province of Verona, in the Veneto region.
Sweet White (Classico), Spumante: min. 70% Garganega, max. 30% Trebbiano di Soave (Nostrano); this latter percentage may include other grape berries of a similar colour originating from grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the concerned area, max 5%.
Description of product typologies
Recioto di Soave PDO Bianco (Dolce) is golden-yellow to amber in colour; the nose offers fragrances of sultana, acacia honey, dried fig, vanilla and roasted almond; it is intense, persistent, velvety and full-bodied on the palate, with a long and slightly bitter finish. It can display Classico on the label.Recioto di Soave PDO Spumante is golden-yellow in colour, varying in intensity, and has a fine and persistent perlage; the nose is rich with vanilla, almond, honey and freshly baked yeasts; it is full-bodied, sweet and velvety on the palate, with traces of vanilla and roasted almonds. The grapes destined for the production of Recioto di Soave wines are hand-picked and the best bunches are selected; they are then dried on trellises where they are periodically controlled for damage. Fermentation takes place in small barrels for a period of between one to six months. The grapes may also be dried with the aid of environmental conditioning systems, on the condition that they operate at a similar temperature to that found during traditional drying processes.
The Recioto di Soave PDO designation can be followed by Vigna (Vineyard) with the relative toponym.