The Soave Wine Road crosses one of the most seductive areas of the Veneto, rich with history and traditions.
The itinerary touches on six towns, the most important being Soave, which is a medieval town surrounded by a boundary wall which is still intact, and dominated by the impressive Scaligero Castle. The historic centre is full of elegant buildings, where it is well worth visiting Palazzo Scaligero, Palazzo dei Conti Cavalli, a refined Venetian construction, Palazzo di Giustizia and Palazzo del Capitano.
The Road reaches Colognola ai Colli, a lovely town which still has traces of its Roman origins. Immediately after we go to Illasi, born from the union of a number of noble homes, where the Palladian Villa Carlotti and Villa Peres Pompei Sagramoso stand out for their beauty.
Among the vines and centuries old olive groves, the Road offers some breathtaking views. Lovely antique country villas are found in Roncà: Pastoria, Corte Cavaggioni, Villa Pompei and Villa Meneguzzi. A visit to the Fossil Museum is a must. Finally the Road leads to the small town of Monteforte d'Alpone, in the heart of the Classic Soave area. The neoclassic Parish Church of Santa Maria Maggiore towers over the town centre, but the most important building is Palazzo Vescovile, an architectural pearl from the 15th century.
Maybe it’s a coincidence, but never as in the case of Soave has the name of a wine better expressed its oenological personality and its elegance, harmony, suppleness and freshness. Evidence of vine cultivation in the Soave area is very ancient. The vines used for the production of Soave are the Garganega and the Trebbiano di Soave. 4 types of wine are produced: Soave DOC, Soave classico DOC (designation of origin), Soave Superiore DOCG (controlled and guaranteed denomination of origin) and Recioto di Soave DOCG. To be paired with typical products.
Soave Castle is a typical military construction of the Middle Ages: it rises up from Mount Tenda and dominates the vast plain below. It consists of a high tower, the Mastio, around which there is a double wall enclosing three courtyards. The walls then descend to embrace the entire medieval village. The origin of this turreted structure dates back to the high Middle Ages and rises up from the ruins of a fortress, an ancient military fort.