On the Trail

LA BATTISTELLE

We just recently started working with this Soave producer, located in the Soave Classico region of the Veneto. It’s important to note the difference between Soave and Soave Classico here, because while Soave is made from grapes grown in the lower flatlands, Classico grapes are grown on the slope of an extinct volcano. The vineyards at Battistelle, owned by Gelmino and Cristina dal Bosco, sit high on the hill (Battistelle means to "bat the stars"), are very steep, and are incredibly difficult to farm. They have two single vineyard sites, as well as a general Classico area, all of which go into stainless steel, with no wood aging. Battistelle had previously sold their grapes, but decided to make their own wine beginning in 2002. Gelmino and Cristiana started small but have recently moved into larger production sizes. Their wines have the volcanic nature of the Classico site, as well as an aromatic intrigue. They're made from 100% garganega.