Soave Classico is a lean and dry white wine from Veneto Italy featuring notes of peach, melon, pear, saline/minerals and chamomile. Soave Classico pairs best with Roast Chicken, Focaccia, Shellfish, Asparagus, Veal Scaloppini, Cannelloni, Chicken Parmigiana, Risotto, Cauliflower Soup and Pasta Primavera.

Soave Wine Styles

Soave is primarily made from the Garganega grape, however, it may be blended with Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Trebbiano di Soave,  or Trebbiano Toscano by as much as 30%.  Soave comes in several styles, and the most common style you’ll see on shelves in North America will be Soave Classico, Soave and Soave Superiore.

Soave Classico – This refers to Soave made in the original growing zone, a narrow band of hills that are remnants of ancient volcanoes.  Expect notes of honeydew melon, lemon, pear, apples, almond, minerals and herbs.  The volcanic soil can give Soave a flinty flavour similar to Chablis, and the wine can be produced with a lighter apple quality or a bolder melon and pear style.  Soave Classico accounts for about 25% of all Soave produced.

Soave Colli Scaligeri – Soave made outside the original hillside region of Soave.

Soave DOC – Any Soave wine made outside of the Classico and Colli Scaligeri region, that’s made in a light and zesty style.  Many wine enthusiasts claim that the wines produced in this expanded region are mass-produced, mediocre, and cut with filler grapes, rather than being a true representation of what Soave could be.  However, there are a small number of producers out there that make interesting wines. The trouble is you’ll have to do a lot of research to figure out who these producers are.

Soave Superiore DOCG – An aged Soave wine (8 months) that uses the best grapes.  Expect deeper flavours of honey, baked apple, sugared lemon rind, honey and spice.

Recioto di Soave – A Dessert wine made in a sweeter style and not included with any pairings below unless specified.

Soave Profile

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What Food Goes with Soave Wine?

TypeVarietalFoodRating
White WineSoave ClassicoWhite Pizza
Dessert WineRecioto di Soave (DOCG)Pandoro di Verona
Dessert WineRecioto di Soave (DOCG)Pan di Spagna alle Albicocche
Dessert WineRecioto di Soave Classico Spumante (DOCG)Panettone
White WineSoave ClassicoButter Chicken
White WineSoave ClassicoPasta Carbonara
White WineSoave ClassicoGnocchi in a Creamy Sauce
White WineSoave ClassicoPasta Primavera
White WineSoave ClassicoPenne alla Vodka
White WineSoave ClassicoPorchetta
White WineSoaveChicken Kiev
White WineSoave ClassicoAntipasto
White WineSoave ClassicoFish
White WineSoave ClassicoRed Gazpacho
White WineSoave ClassicoRisotto
White WineSoave ClassicoFried Foods
White WineSoave ClassicoSpinach Salad
White WineSoave ClassicoScallops
White WineSoave ClassicoShellfish
White WineSoave ClassicoPasta with Seafood
White WineSoave ClassicoSushi
White WineSoave ClassicoInsalata Tricolore
White WineSoave ClassicoCauliflower Soup
White WineSoave ClassicoGnocchi in a Sage & Butter Sauce
White WineSoave ClassicoAgnolotti - Pasta
Dessert WineRecioto di Soave (DOCG)Shortbread
White WineSoave ClassicoSpaghetti alle Vongole
White WineSoave ClassicoFettucine Alfredo
White WineSoave ClassicoChicken
White WineSoave ClassicoPrawn Rolls - Goi Cuon
White WineSoave ClassicoNhoam Moan - Chicken Noodle Salad
White WineSoave ClassicoPho Ga - Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup
White WineSoave ClassicoBanh Chung - Vietnamese Tet Rice Cakes
White WineSoave ClassicoBanh Gio - Pork and rice dumpling
White WineSoave ClassicoSan Choy Bau Heo - Minced pork on leaves
White WineSoave ClassicoTa Pin Lu - Chrysanthemum Hot Pot
White WineSoave Superiore ClassicoBaked Pike
White WineSoave ClassicoHkauk Sw? Thouk
White WineSoave ClassicoGrilled Haddock with Mustard Sauce
White WineSoave ClassicoSpinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
White WineSoave ClassicoFocaccia
White WineSoave ClassicoChicken Alfredo
White WineSoave ClassicoArtichoke
White WineSoave ClassicoAsparagus
White WineSoave ClassicoBasil
White WineSoave ClassicoBass
White WineSoave ClassicoCarrots
White WineSoave ClassicoFontina Cheese
White WineSoave ClassicoMozzarella Cheese
White WineSoave ClassicoCucumber
White WineSoave ClassicoEggs and Egg Based Dishes
White WineSoave ClassicoOmelette
White WineSoave ClassicoFennel
White WineSoave ClassicoFish and Chips
White WineSoave ClassicoLobster
White WineSoave ClassicoPasta with Clam Sauce
White WineSoave ClassicoPesto
White WineSoave ClassicoProsciutto
White WineSoave ClassicoShrimp Salad
White WineSoave ClassicoSalt Cod
White WineSoave ClassicoSeafood
White WineSoave ClassicoSole
White WineSoave ClassicoCream of Mushroom Soup
White WineSoave ClassicoVegetable Soup
White WineSoave ClassicoSpinach
White WineSoave ClassicoSquid
White WineSoave ClassicoVeal
White WineSoave ClassicoVeal Scallopini
White WineSoave ClassicoZucchini Blossoms
White WineSoave ClassicoZucchini Blossoms Fried
White WineSoave ClassicoPork Tenderloin
White WineSoave ClassicoChicken Parmesan
White WineSoave ClassicoCaprese Salad
White WineSoave ClassicoRavioli
White WineSoave ClassicoCedar Plank Salmon
White WineSoave ClassicoPho Bo - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
White WineSoave ClassicoBluefish

Cauliflower Soup & Soave Wine Pairing


The heart of Cauliflower Soup tends to be roasted cauliflower pureed, with perhaps some butter, cream or melted cheese added. A lean and crisp Soave won’t interfere with creamy cauliflower flavours, but rather it will impart its refreshing flavours of each, honeydew melon and citrus.  Thus, the light and refreshing flavours of a dry Soave keeps things simple, making it an excellent wine pairing with Cauliflower Soup.

Scallops & Soave Classico Wine Pairing


Soave Classico has a minerality that makes it lovely wine pairing with scallops and all other types of shellfish. The wine’s minerality complements the subtle sea breeze flavours found in scallops, while the acidity of Soave further heightens the mild Scallop flavours.   Finally, you get smooth and refreshing flavours of melon, pear and honey that brighten up those delicious Scallop flavours.

Veal Scaloppini & Soave Pairing


Veal Scaloppini is a cutlet of veal that have been pounded thin, dipped in flour, and pan-fried.  Soave’s lean flavours cut through the crispy fried flavours and help draw out the tender veal meatiness without getting in the way.  While Soave won’t complement Veal Scaloppini, the wine’s refreshing flavours of lemon, pear, and apples offer a pleasant contrast.

Chicken Alfredo & Soave Pairing


Soave translates to smooth, and with the creamy texture of Chicken Alfredo, you’ll want a smooth white wine.  While light in body, Soave does not interfere with those creamy and indulgent alfredo flavours.  Rather it steps aside and imparts a bit of melon, pear, apple and lemon on the finish, along with a bitter almond nuttiness.  The nutty finish of Soave compliments the Parmesan Cheese sprinkled on your Chicken Alfredo while the fruitier notes keep your palate refreshed in between bites.

Soave and Soave Classico will pair with a wide variety of other chicken dishes including Lemon Chicken, Butter Chicken, Chicken Kiev, Chicken Pot Pie, and Fried Chicken

Pasta Primavera & Soave Pairing


Pasta Primavera is a sauce composed of fresh spring vegetables such as such as bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, garlic, onions, and broccoli.  The sauce is traditionally served over tri-coloured noodles.   In recent times, Pasta Primavera has evolved to essentially mean any vegetarian style sauce, however, in either instance, Soave will make for an excellent pairing.

Soave is one of my favourite wine pairing with Pasta Primavera because the white wine is light and zesty and won’t overly complicate the delicious flavours of the sauce. Rather, Soave’s high acidity will electrify all the individual vegetable flavours allowing you to distinguish every one of them in each bite.  Soave also has a minerality to it, along with herbal and spice notes that make it versatile with a wide range of vegetables, including the notoriously difficult to pair asparagus.

Finally, the high acidity and peach, citrus and melon flavours of Soave are refreshing against the Primavera sauce.  This refreshment factor helps each bite taste fresh, which helps you feel fulfilled sooner and prevents you from overeating.