As a small walled village in the Veneto region, Soave has earned a reputation for producing some of the best white wine in Italy. Once a Roman hub on the road from Aquileia to Genoa, it is now a commune of only 7,000 residents. Three varieties of Soave wine are produced with DOC (the Italian mark of quality and tradition) using mostly Garganega grapes. The varieties include Soave classico, recioto di Soave and Soave spumante (sparkling). Wine tasting is available both within the city walls and just outside of them at the many area wineries.
Outside of its excellent food and wine, there is a well-preserved medieval castle high atop a hill overlooking the village that is worth visiting. The three courtyards of the castle contain original frescoes, and impressive, historic portraits are visible throughout the castle. It is also worth exploring the city's medieval walls, which date back to the 13th century and offer wonderful views of the Italian countryside.
Soave is situated south of Bassano del Grappa and 20 km west of Verona. The castle is visible from the A4 Autostrada, and the village is easily accessible by car or bus from Verona. Once there, the area can be explored by foot.