WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - High,
Tannin - Low,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Chamomile, White peach, Almond, Honey, Citrus, Mineral

Garganega is a versatile and widely planted grape variety, most famously known as the primary grape in Soave wines from Italy’s Veneto region. Its bright acidity, floral aromas, and ability to produce both fresh and age-worthy wines make it a favorite among wine enthusiasts.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Garganega wines are known for their delicate floral notes, with hints of chamomile, white peach, and almond. As the wine ages, it develops richer aromas of honey and dried fruit.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Garganega tends to retain higher acidity and more pronounced floral and citrus notes.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer climates, the grape develops richer fruit flavors, with a slight reduction in acidity, making the wines rounder and fuller-bodied. It does ripen well in warm climates, ensuring consistent quality.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Garganega is predominantly grown in Italy, especially in the Veneto region where it forms the backbone of Soave wines. It is also found in smaller quantities in other parts of Italy and increasingly in New World regions like Australia and California.

Appellations: The most notable appellations for Garganega include Soave and Soave Classico in the Veneto region.

Producers: Prominent producers include Pieropan, Suavia, and Inama, who are known for their exceptional Soave wines.


Young Garganega wines are vibrant, with crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, ideal for early consumption.

High-quality Soave Classico wines made from Garganega can age for several years, developing complex flavors of honey, dried apricot, and almond.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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