Garganega Wine In Australia

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 made by Mt Towrong in the Macedon Ranges regionGarganega made by Mt Towrong in the Macedon Ranges region

According to this book, Gargenega is the 79th most common variety in terms of area planted globally.

Garganega is best known for producing the popular Italian white wine Soave

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.

Soave wines used to be thin acidic and fairly neutral. at least at the cheaper end.  Nowadays they tend to be a little richer with light aromatics, especially when blended.

Recent DNA profiling has revealed that Garganega is genetically identical to the Sicilian variety Grecanico Dorato. Under this name in Sicily it is used alone and in blends to make quality dry white wines.

Garganega is also as a parent for many other important Italian wine grape varieties.

Garganega white wine variety is best known for its role in Italy's Soave, but it is also used in Australia.  See Aussie wineries using it.

Garganega in Australia

There are a few Australian growers and winemakers interested in this variety, but it has yet to make an impact on the Australian scene.

  • Billy Button Alpine Valleys
  • Dal Zotto Estate King Valley
  • Domain Day Barossa Valley
  • Fetherston Yarra Valley
  • Kaesler Barossa Valley
  • Longleat Wines Goulburn Valley
  • Morrisons of Glenrowan Glenrowan
  • Mount Towrong Macedon Ranges
  • Munari Heathcote
  • Pondalowie Bendigo
  • Politini* King Valley
  • Primo Estate McLaren Vale
  • Range Life King Valley
  • Redbank Victoria King Valley
  • Romavilla Queensland Zone
*Politini Grow Garganega under its Sicilian name of Grecanico
Updated 18 May 2021
Garganega white wine variety from italy now in Australia

Other Italian White Wine Varieties used in Australia

Arneis | Bianco d'Alessano | Cortese | Fiano | Garganega | Greco | Grillo | Malvasia | Prosecco | Trebbiano | Verduzzo | Vermentino
One of the best books about Italian wine grape varieties is Ian d'Agata's Native Wine Grapes of Italy

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