The Soave wine road is situated in the eastern hills of Verona. Famous for the eponymous white Soave Classico made from Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grapes, the wine is produced in the zones of Soave, Monteforte d’Alpone, the Illasi Valley and Tramigna.
The wine road embraces parish churches and castles and includes thirteen municipalities: Soave, Monteforte, San Martino B.A., Lavagno, Mezzane, Caldiero, Colognola, Illasi, Cazzano, San Bonifacio, Roncà, Montecchia and S. Giovanni Ilarione.
If you take your wine seriously, then the road has been further subdivided into the wines of 'Veneto', 'Custoza', 'Bardolino', 'Valpolicella' and 'Durello',
Spring is maybe the ideal season to tour the zone.
It is when the wine road becomes the Valley of the Cherries or Valle dei Ciliegi for a month with the roads lined by white flowers from the cherry trees. If they blossom at Easter it's going to be a bumper harvest.
You may also be told that cherry trees grow fast as they never live for more than 100 years and that the largest cherries are often preserved in grappa and sugar alcohol to be consumed during the winter to boost energy levels.
The related event 'Ciliegia in Festa' takes place in June. It is a series of local markets and festivals throughout the month with the central theme of cherries given fine support by the local wine and olive oil.
Some of the localities hosting dedicated events include Cazzano di Tramigna, Brognoligo, Montecchia di Crosara and the Castello di San Giovanni Ilarione.