Verona, Italy

The history of Suavia consists of a castle, no frog, few princes and lots of princesses. The castle is the one in Soave: dating back to the Middle Ages, when the town was still called by the old name of Suavia. Giovanni and Rosetta’s daughters, the Tessari sisters, have been the main female characters in this story since the start of the twenty-first century.

The Tessari family has been living and cultivating the land in Fittà, a small rural village mounted like a precious stone on the hills of Soave Classico, since the ninteenth century. The history of Suavia begins in 1982, when Giovanni and Rosetta, aware of the great potential of their area, decided to set up on their own winery, crushing their grapes and making their own wine. In 2001, Meri and Valentina Tessari, then in their early 20s, took over the winery. Since then, the sisters have more than tripled their vineyard acreage and installed irrigation wells to support their vineyards in increasingly hot summers. Today the three Tessari sisters, Meri, Valentina and Alessandra, carry on the family tradition and run the winery in Fittà, where it all started.

“[The Tessari’s] success is not due to any secret, just great old vineyards accompanied by smarts, study and some very good long-term decisions. Their approach to making wine is about as straightforward as it gets. Working with great volcanic terroirs in Fittà, they cultivate their vineyards organically, growing Soave’s two main local varieties: Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. From these grapes they produce single-variety whites, fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks before bottling.” - Wine Spectator, Mar/2023

"The Tessari sisters make some of the best Soave (and Trebbiano di Soave) you can find." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Oct/2023

"The Suavia winery has captured my attention over the last few years. Run by three sisters and located within Soave Classico, Suavia produces a portfolio of terroir-driven wines that impress for their depth and undeniable elegance." - Eric Guido, Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Feb/2024