The controlled and guaranteed denomination of origin Soave superiore, already recognised as a controlled denomination of origin in 1968, is reserved to the white Soave superiore wines, also in the Classico and Riserva types, produced in the hill area of the municipalities surrounding Verona. The hypotheses on the origin of the name of this wine are cloaked with legends; one of these even refers to Dante Alighieri, a good friend of the Lord of Verona, Cangrande della Scala. Testimonies of the quality of this wine have continued through the centuries, even going back to Cassiodorus who sang its praises recommending it to the Emperor Theodoric. In more recent times, Soave was one of the preferred wines of the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio who, savouring it, affirmed: 'it is the wine of youth and love''.
It should preferably be enjoyed with lean hors d'oeuvres, soups and egg and fish based dishes, boiled fish accompanied by delicate sauces, vegetable risotto and even white meats; it should be served within two years of bottling, at 8-10°C, in medium size flared tulip-shaped goblets.
Every label must bear the mention Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita besides all the other indications foreseen by law, such as: The determined Region from which the product originates; Denomination of the product composed of the combination of the variety of vine from which the wine originates and the geographic area in which that variety is cultivated; The nominal volume of the wine; The name or company name and address of the bottler; The number and code of the bottler, which may also appear on the closing system (cork or cap); The Name of the Country; An indication of the batch; Ecological indications.