In a nutshell: A crisp, lively Italian white from the hillsides around Verona.
The lowdown: The fruit for this is grown in and around the Soave zone which gives a bit of a pointer as to its style. It has an appealing floral, biscuity nose that gives way to lots of tropical fruit, honey and almonds on the palate while still managing to maintain a typical Italian elegance. Bright and with plenty of fruit character it's great value.
When to drink: Very adaptable when matching to food, it's also great as a stand alone drink.
Ponte Pietra wines are made by the prolific and talented Matt Thomson at the Cantina di Monteforte in between Verona and Padua. The name refers to Verona's 'Ponte Pietra' (stone bridge) that dates back to Roman times, although vines have been planted on the hills outside of Verona for much longer than this bridge has spanned the Adige River.
The wines he makes are fruit forward and expressive. The white is lifted and fresh with lovely balance on the palate while the red is Veronese in style, zesty, fresh, cherryish and unoaked. The Rosato has an attractive pale pink colour derived from a brief period of contact with the skins of the red grapes. Above all they offer exceptional value for money.