La Cappuccina, Veneto

This is a new name on our books, but the Tessari family has been making Soave (no, not coffee!) for four generations; not quite since the ‘Cappuccini’ monks whose 18th-century chapel lies adjacent to the property, but almost. Based in the heart of the zone in the Venetian village of Costalunga di Monteforte d’Alpone, surrounded by their 40 hectares of predominantly Garganega vineyards, they’ve been farming organically since 1985. This is also the date when siblings Elena (office-based), Pietro (the winemaker) and Sisto (vineyard-based) joined the business. In 2005 a new cantina opened, and this year sees the first release of its 2013 Soave Classico Monte Stelle.

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