The Tessari family have Soave in their blood. For three generations they have been extracting delectable wine from the well cared for vines of their Monteforte d’Alpone vineyards. With only a little over a hectare of garganega grapes in the prestigious area of Soave Classico, Antonio Tessari hand dug his cellar back in 1933 and started the legacy that continues today with his grandchildren: Germano, Antonio and Cornelia.
The young, skillful brothers share the same strong spirit for making Garganega that their father Aldo did. From vineyard to bottle and through the supply chain- these three siblings oversee it all; with unwavering respect for tradition, quality and passion for the art of winemaking . The highly suited 12 hectares of Garganega vineyards: "Magnavacche", "Costalta" and "Castellaro”, have not been altered since their parents held rank. Today the production is far different, with a new, well equipped winery completed in 2007. The Tessari trio are able to continue the down the path that was established for them when Antonio painstakingly shoveled the first rock eight decades ago.
Tessari Brut Gargenega
Tessari’s Garganega Brut, has a energetic straw yellow color with fine bubbles. It’s characteristic intense aroma of apple, elderberry and chamomile are bewitching. Fresh and persistent on the palate, with a delightful aftertaste of bitter almonds and a playful mineral sparkle.
This is a delicious toasting Brut. When is not a good time to celebrate? New job- cheers! Figured out how to use the Blue-ray player- cheers! Didn’t get that well deserved speeding ticket - cheers! Too many reasons not enough Tessari Spumanti.
"Grisela" Soave Classico DOC
Tessari’s golden straw colored Grisela is the backbone of the vineyard; a delicious entry level wine that is meant to be enjoyed between friends. Firm, slight Melba toast, elderflower and chamomile aromatics with notable minerals. The taste of crushed seashells dance on your tongue with a fun duo of stone fruit and citrus. The finish is refreshing with balanced acidity.
Soave is one the world’s most food friendly wines. The Grisela is excellent as an aperitif. Perfect with light appetizers, simple New England style cod stew, risotto with black squid ink or on its own. Cheers.
"Bine Longhe" Soave Classico DOC
Bine Longhe Soave Classico is a wine of incandescent autumn straw color, rich and brilliant which is derived from the late October harvest after the grapes have been over ripened for 20 days. With a characteristic strong honeyed herbaceous aroma. Dancing mineral play tag on your tongue, embracing and sedulous on the palate, with a slight aftertaste of bitter almonds.
Soave is inherently a delicate wine, Tessari’s Le Bine Longhe’s wonderful acidity makes it to pair with food. Herby pasta dishes like Pappardelle with Zucchini and Mint-Parsley Pesto or fresh tuna salad with avocado, as well as sausages and cheeses.
"Avus" Sur Lie Brut Garganega
Made in the traditional col fondo style, this bottling undergoes its secondary fermenation in the bottle. With the help of recioto must added to the Soave Classico base, this wine develops a heartier, toastier style that satisfies drinkers for a simple toast or a complex meal. Breadcrumbs and dried earth lead the aromatics of this delightful wine, with the classic garganega bitter almond coming through in the finish. Fresh with a persistent bubble and a brightly dry finish.
"Tre Colli" Recioto di Soave DOC
Tessari’s sweet wine, Tre Colli, is a hedonist’s dream. The color of Black Locust honey- bright and sunny; lightly clings to the glass. The nose is fragrant honey, dried fruit, raisins, summer white flowers and tiny amount of mom’s heartwarming custard with a sprinkling of Botrytis (not that she serves it that way). Just the right amount of sweetness vs. dryness; very elegant. A nostalgic taste of almond at the end makes the whole adventure most pleasurable .
What to pair with this delicious wine? “Let them eat cake,” light vanilla cake or even apple pie . . . and wash it down with Tre Colli.