Set in Italy’s Veneto region, Soave is a historic walled village famous for its medieval castle and fine white wines. Located just off the A4 motorway outside Verona, it’s an ideal stopping point between Venice and Milan, where you can explore the castle fortifications and sample white wines from local vineyards.
Soave is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval villages and boasts a collection of traditional wineries—both within the village walls and in the surrounding countryside—making it a popular day trip destination for wine tasting. Tours from Verona typically include round-trip transportation, plus wine tasting and time to explore the castle ramparts and frescoes at your own pace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Soave is a must-see for history buffs and wine lovers.
- Head to the castle stairs for sweeping views of the surrounding hills and vineyards.
- Paths within the village and castle can be uneven and difficult to navigate with wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
Soave lies 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of Verona and 64 miles (103 kilometers) west of Venice. The village can be accessed from the A4 motorway, which runs from Milan to Venice, and it’s also possible to arrive via the 130 bus from Verona Stradone Scipione station.
When to Get There
Although Soave is lovely any time of year, the autumn harvest season is particularly scenic. The annual harvest festival occurs during the third week of September, and during this time the hillsides are aglow with fall colors.
Soave Wine Varietals
Soave is a dry and light-bodied wine known for its melon and citrus zest flavors, and its taste typically improves with age. Made with the area’s indigenous garganega grapes, Soave wine may be blended with a small amount of chardonnay, trebbiano, or other white grapes. Soave Classico and Soave Superiore, produced around the village of Soave itself, are considered some of the finest Soave wines.