Story of the Wine:
Until the early 1960's virtually all the wine of Custoza would have been sold as Soave, then with the Piona family in the forefront the local producers began to sell their wine as Custoza. The grapes varieties used are predominantly those of Soave; Trebbiano and Gargenega, but it is the balance of up to five other varieties in the blend that gives Custoza an edge over its more famous rival. The wine of Cavalchina has a high percentage of Cortese, more familiar in Piemonte, locally known as Fernanda, to give it an added zip. There are up to 13 different varieties of vine growing at Cavalchina and there are plots of vines up to 60 years old, which yield very little quantity but add a great depth of flavour.
Grape(s): 40% Gargenega, 30% Fernanda (Cortese), 30% Trebbianello (a clone of Tocai) and Trebbiano
Area: From the Cavalchina vineyards just outside the town of Custoza, near Verona.
The Cavalchina estate not only pioneered the use of the name of Custoza but has been one of its best exponents ever since. Owner Luciano Piona is one of the region’s best winemakers. A full, rounded flavour on the palate is balanced with a lively, citrusy crispness on the finish.
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