The winery we have chosen for our Nature wine box, Cantina Tessari, was established in 1933. Antonio Tessari started the company in a small “caneva” (cellar), dug by hand with a pickax and a just a few tools. Antonio wanted to promote the passion felt by the “Grisela’s”, the nickname for the Tessari family. This name comes from the greyish blondish color of the hair all the members of the family had.
Aldo and Bianca, “the mother and the father” as their children call them, with many sacrifices have made the winery grow and transmitted the passion for Garganega, creating the first Recioto, still produced by the winery today. Today it is the turn of the third generation, Antonio, Germano and Cornelia, to carry on this important family business and tradition. Starting with the promotion of the land in which they live and its precious fruits in Italy and in the world. Activities that they follow every day with care, extending their proposal also to hospitality thanks to Corte Grisela, Bed&Wine. Relaxing days and good wine, what a mix!
Here are the wines we have chosen for you:
Avus – Garganega on lees
Garganega single variety re-fermented on lees as it was once done before the modern techniques of sparkling wine. The second fermentation is obtained by adding recioto di Soave to the bottled wine, making it a true and complete expression of its terroir.
It is simple yet interesting, and pleasantly drinkable. The bottled wine has rested in the cellar and has not been filtered, which is why it has a slight deposit at the bottom of the bottle given by natural yeasts. These yeasts naturally preserve the wine and protect it from oxidation.
How to serve it?
First of all, we recommend flipping the bottle gently: with this operation the lees is suspended in the wine, which will give it its distinctive hints of yeast and bread crust. We also suggest chilling the wine to help dissolve the carbon dioxide and slowly uncorking the crown cap. Time to taste now: cheers!
We like to think of Avus as the perfect wine for a savory snack or a spring pic nic. Focaccia bread, cheese, cold cuts and your favorite pizza. He made us forget the 5 o’clock tea for good!
Tre Colli Recioto di Soave DOCG
It comes from the three hills owned by the Tessari family. The grapes suitable for the production of Recioto are selected before the harvest. Only the best grapes can be left to dry until February. To ensure identity and terroir, only the native Garganega variety is used. The volcanic soil, rich in basaltic rock, transfers clear mineral aromas, which give the wine a fresh and pleasant character.
This recioto has a bright and sunny golden yellow color. The nose has an intense aroma of exotic fruit and spicy notes. It has a harmonious and velvety flavor with a particular note of toasted almond. It is enveloping and sweet, but also fresh and sapid. The right balance of sweetness and elegance makes it particularly inviting.
Tessari’s recioto is a star of versatility. Sip it while reading a good book, try it with a blue cheese (or blue goat cheese!), dry pastries or an apricot tart. Its perfect combination is with Reciotina, a sbrisolona shortbread with almonds and recioto. Since Easter is coming pair it with Colomba, the typical almond glazed cake with candied apricots. It will be the perfect end to your festive meal!