Garganega

Garganega is a variety of white Italian wine grape widely grown in the Veneto region of north east Italy, particularly in the provinces of Verona and Vicenza. As Italy's sixth most planted white grape, it forms the basis of the Venetian white wine Soave, usually composing 70% of this blend along with Trebbiano and Chardonnay. 

Garganega has a tendency to ripen late and can be very vigorous, often producing excessively high yields that can lead to very thin and neutral-flavored wines; when given the proper treatment, however, Garganega can produce light wines with hints of wild flowers, lemon curd and nuts. 

Garganega is delicious with first courses of seasonal vegetables and fresh or salt-water fish and shellfish.. 

Cheeses that go well with Garganega include Italian Fontina and such creamy cheeses as Taleggio, Gorgonzola and Camembert.