Definition - What does Garganega mean?

The garganega grape is a special kind of white grape grown in Northeast Italy, mostly in the Veneto region. It is best known as the vital ingredient in producing dry white wines like Soave and Gambellara. Its generous production and different cluster structure are features that encourage vineyard owners in Italy to grow this grape.

WineFrog explains Garganega

The garganega grape has been contributing towards the production of Soave wines since the 6th century. Even though it is recognized for being largely available in Veneto, garganega grapes can also be found in vineyards in the Umbria and Friuli wine regions. All over Italy, its vines are spread across nearly 30,000 acres, making it one of the most grown grapes in Italy. Despite the spectacular yield and production in Italy, it is found almost nowhere else outside of Italy.

The garganega grape is famous for making dry white wines because of its high acidity and low sugar. However, these characteristics do not allow the garganega grape to be used in the production of sweet wine.

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