The grapes to produce the Soave Classico DOC Pieropan were hand selected and taken immediately to the winery, where they were destemmed and crushed. Fermentation took place in glass-lined cement tanks of 60,120 and180hl at 14-18°C. The wine then remained on its fine lees until bottling the following spring, with further ageing in bottle for another month before release.
The fruit for this wine come from the hillside vineyards in the heart of the Soave Classico.The vineyards are located at an altitude of 100 – 300 metres above sea level and are West-facing.The soil here is clay-basalt and volcanic in origin.Yields are low.The vines are between 6 and 60 years old and trained with both Guyot system (5200 vines per hectare) and Pergola Veronese system (3000 vines per hectare).The grapes are grown organically without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Pieropan’s estate covers 58 hectares of vineyard which are situated on the stony hills of Soave Classico. The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1890s. Indeed, they were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first producer in Soave to make a single-vineyard wine, ‘Calvarino’, in 1971. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, took over the running of the estate in 2017 when Nino fell ill and before he passed away in April 2018. From the 2015 vintage onwards, all Pieropan wines are organically certified.