Garganega White Wine Variety
Garganega originates in the Veneto region of North West Italy. It is well known as a vigorous high yielding variety and needs careful management in the vineyard.
Garganega is important not only for producing the popular Italian white wine Soave, but also as a parent for many other important Italian wine grape varieties.
Soave is a dry white wine from several DOCG regions in Veneto that must contain at least 70% Garganega. Trebbiano or Malvasia are common blending partners with Garganega in Soave.
Recent DNA profiling has revealed that Garganega is genetically identical to the Sicilian variety Grecanico Dorato. Under this name it is used alone and in blends to make quality dry white wines.
Wineries in Australia using Garganega
Domain Day Barossa Valley
Longleat Wines Goulburn Valley
Morrisons of Glenrowan Glenrowan
* King Valley
Redbank Victoria King Valley
Stefano di Pieri Murray Darling
*Politini use Garganega under its Sicilian name of Grecanico.
While there is some interest in the variety in Australia it is true to say that Garganega has not yet sparked a great deal of excitement here.
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