PRA, Monteforte d'Alpone
Believe it. Soave is one of Italy’s great white wines. For over 30 years, Graziano Prà has been one of a handful of winegrowers to demonstrate the impressive calibre the wines of his region can achieve. His wines have earned more than 10 'Tre Bicchieri' awards from Gambero Rosso. The Wine Advocate recognizes Prà as “a reference point producer in Soave”, including Prà’s Soave Classico (100% Garganega) among 'The World's Greatest Wine Values’.
Graziano’s are pure, terroir-driven wines. His Soave vineyards (Pergola-trained Garganega, Guyot-trained Trebbiano di Soave) are planted on slopes of volcanic soil (in fact, a dormant volcano). This class of wine bears no resemblance to the commercial dross produced on the fertile plain by industrial ‘wineries’.
In 2001, Prà turned his sights to red wine, buying a unique plot of virgin land in the Val d’Illasi overlooking the benchmark estate of Romano Dal Forno. He planted Corvina, Corvinone, Oseleta & Rondinella vines at high density and built a state of the art facility for drying his grapes. 2006 was the first commercial release of Valpolicella and Amarone della Valpolicella from this organically farmed estate called Morandina — 8 hectares of vineyard planted on calcareous glacial soils at 500m elevation. The altitude and significant diurnal temperature change provide highly refined, aromatic fruit — Graziano's red wines are all about finesse, refinement, & complexity. The reference point for us is more Burgundy than Northern Italy. The wines tend to be medium-bodied, highly perfumed, and very savoury. The unicorn that Graziano has chosen for his labels represents purity. In all, 33 ha of vineyard in Soave & Valpolicella give 300,000 bottles.