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Contrà Soarda

Italy, Veneto, Breganze Vespaiolo
  • Suggested Pairings
  • Shrimp
  • Veggie
  • 13% ABV
  • Organic

Never heard of Vespaiolo? That’s OK. This little-known Italian grape gets its name from the vespa (wasp) that savors the sugar from the grapes as they grow on the vines. And flavors of juicy citrus, apple blossom, and white peach have us buzzing like bees... er, wasps.

In 2002, Mirco and Gloria Gottardi started Contrà Soarda with a desire to create a deeper tie to their native land. Contrà Soarda, which means “hamlet on the slope” grows vines and olive trees with utmost respect for the natural environment. Located just outside the town of Bassano del Grappa, the Contrà Soarda cellar is built inside the hill (in order to minimize any environmental impact). It is an architectural wonder and recipient of many prizes.

  • Farming Practices: Organic
  • Soils: Volcanic
  • Fermentation: Spontaneous fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3 months
  • Yeast: Native
  • Sulfur: No added SO2
  • Maturation: 6 months on the lees in stainless steel