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The area around Verona is home to one of, if not the best place in Italy for undervalued white wines. It is here that we find the Monte Tondo winery, in the heart of the Soave wine region. Soave is a historic white wine, made entirely from the noble Garganega grape variety but Soave has garnered a bad reputation in the UK, mostly down to the diluted liquid that filled Italian restaurants during their proliferation in the '90s.

We can thank this saturation for what are now some truly delicious and accomplished white wines at ridiculous prices! And, as Soave goes, you don’t taste much better than Monte Tondo. Gino Magnabosco runs this family estate of 32 hectares that are split across the broad Soave DOC area as well as the more premium Soave Classico DOC and the tip-top Soave Classico Superiore DOCG. Monte Tondo work completely sustainably and their grapes are grown following organic practices.

Across their range, the wines offer fresh and concentrated fruit notes with flavours like orange zest and peach flesh coming through strongly. The volcanic soils in the region impart a backbone of minerality which makes all of the wines a brilliant accompaniment to shellfish dishes. The Monte Tondo Soave Classico is a great place to start for an all-around balanced and warming drop. If you’d like to taste some of the very best from the region, look out for their Soave Classico Superiore Foscarin Slavinus – one of the region’s only designated Crus and a wine worthy of any serious cellar!

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