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Pieropan `Calvarino` Soave Classico

Soave Classico, Veneto


Pieropan's estate covers 40 hectares of vineyard 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 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 the Valpolicella production area and planted eight hectares with vines, now increased to 20.

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Calvarino takes its name, 'little Calvary', from the steepness of the slope and the difficulty this presents in working the vineyard. It has the basalt soil that is classic in this part of Soave and is planted with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The Garganega gives structure and acidity to the wines, the Trebbiano di Soave perfume and richness of flavour. There are usually at least two harvests to ensure the grapes are picked at the best possible stage of ripeness. The vineyards are farmed organically. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and are planted 200 to 300m above sea level, at a density of 3000 vines per hectare.

Vintage information

Plenty of rain and snow over the winter allowed for the underground water reserves to be replenished before the growing season of 2013. Some persistent late winter weather slightly delayed the start of the growing season. Spring 2013 saw a high rainfall and relatively low temperatures, in fact, the rainfall recorded up to the end of May was equal to that of the whole of 2012 (over 600mm). Only in mid to late July did the wet weather cease to make way for a heat wave, with very positive effects on grape maturation ready for harvest in mid September.


The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, with the free-run juice fermented at controlled temperatures between 14 and 18°C. The Calvarino was not aged in oak but remained on its lees in glass-lined cement tanks for a year. It remained in bottle at least two months before release.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw yellow, with greenish reflections when young; golden with ageing. Fresh, floral aromas with elderflower, lemon and cherry. The palate is dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 70% Garganega
Trebbiano di Soave
Region Soave Classico, Veneto
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l