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Gini

The Gini family have been cultivating their own vineyards in the heart of Monteforte d'Alpone since the 16th century, making them one of the oldest family producers in the Soave Classico region of Italy. Experience has been passed down through the years and today the the 15th generation of the family, brothers Sandro and Claudio Gini are at the helm. Their grandfather Giuseppe Gini was an innovator; he was the first to age his Soaves in chestnut casks, and his winemaking expertise was highly regarded. On his untimely death, his 16 year old son Olinto took control and would take the Gini wines by horse and cart to sell in Verona and the surrounding areas - sometimes so tired that he would fall asleep at the reins, leaving the trusty horse to get him back home safely. This ancestral passion for their product was in Sandro and Caludio's veins; their wines are now synonymous with quality, and Soave wine is globally renowned, but it has not been an easy journey. In the 1970's Soave's popularity peaked, which led some producers to plant vines in unsuitable areas in order to increase production, and a deterioration in quality was inevitable. Soave's reputation plummeted along with prices and a wine glut resulted which ruined the market for many family run wineries. But Gini persevered; making their quality wines, believing in their product, and their persistence paid off. The brothers remember taking their wines to restaurants in Milan in the mid 1980's, but as soon as the name Soave was seen on the labels, the restaurateurs did not want to list them. However, persuaded to try the wines, they were so impressed by their quality that they changed their minds! Sandro and Claudio wanted to make wines in a natural way to express the purity of the fruit, and in 1985 produced their first wine without sulphates, a revolutionary step at the time. They farm their 35 hectares of vines organically, listening to the rhythms of nature and the seasons. Yields are kept extremely low, the grapes are hand-picked at three different times to ensure perfect ripeness. Gini's top Crus are planted on the best hillsides of the appellation in Froscà, Contrada Salvarenza and Col Foscarin. They have some old Garganega vines ranging from 80 years to some pre-phylloxera vines well over 100 years old. The soils vary greatly from volcanic tuff to calcareous layers, and this combined with different microclimates allows for complexities and nuances to shine in the different crus, but all with the balanced acidity and minerality that characterize great Soaves. Naturally the majority of the vines are Garganega for their DOC Soave and DOCG Recioto Soave wines, but some Riesling Renano, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are also grown for their IGT wines. The cellars are dug directly onto volcanic tuff, and here the wines rest in the barrel room, maturing to perfection, pure, precise wines – a symbol of their territory.

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