Cantina di Monteforte
Cantina di Monteforte is a cooperative winery in the eastern part of Soave Classico. They farm over 1,200 hectares of vines, many in the Soave Classico DO where they have some of the best vineyard sites, as well as some outside of the Classico zone.
60% of Cantina di Monteforte’s vines are planted on hills, facing south and south-east, which lend themselves to riper, fuller styles of wine compared to most produced in Soave. The coop has 600 members and harvests about 20,000 tonnes of grapes a year. Cool breezes blow through the Alpone Valley from the foothills of the Dolomites to the north, ensuring warm days and cool nights. This helps with the accumulation of aromatic characters in the grapes. For years, Matt Thomson of Blank Canvas has worked with Gaetano Tobin, who was the director of the cooperative for almost 20 years. Gaetano passed away in 2021 and Head Winemaker Alessandro Doná is now in charge of production. Alessandro worked with Gaetano for over ten years and ensures that his legacy and unshakeable commitment to quality live on.
We believe the two Soave Classico wines made by Cantina di Monteforte offer some of the best value. Soave is a region which is often overlooked. As a result, wines of this quality produced in more sought-after areas would command significantly higher prices. The ‘Terre di Monteforte’, sourced from vineyards in the eastern part of Soave Classico, is unoaked and defined by a waxy texture and fragrant fruit. The ‘Vigneto Montegrande’ is one of the best Soave Classicos currently being produced. A small percentage of the blend is fermented in oak, giving the wine more complexity and depth.