“Bardolino” wine is the typical wine expression of Lake Garda. Its name comes from a homonymous municipality in the Verona area, in a unique context, where the pre-alpine environment blends with the colours and fragrances of the Mediterranean Sea. The vines of Bardolino, in fact, are mirrored in Lake Garda. This enormous lake that creates a mild climate, with a balance of rainfall and temperatures that, together with the wide variety of soils (mostly sandy, gravelly and clayey) creates the ideal conditions for growing vines.

“Bardolino” wine, which was one of the first in Italy to be awarded DOC status in 1968, and which was already protected in the 1930s by the Consortium for the Protection of Veronese Fine Wines ("Consorzio di difesa per la tutela dei vini pregiati veronesi"), includes 16 villages in the province of Verona, and was created between the villages of Bardolino, Affi, Cavaion Veronese, Costermano, Garda and Lazise, which form the “Bardolino Classico” sub-area. Since April 2021, a further three sub-areas have been added, as Montebaldo, La Rocca and Sommacampagna. These three distinct districts have been already identified and delimited at the end of the 19th century, when Bardolino wines served the great Swiss hotels together with the “Cru of Beaujolais” wines.

“Bardolino” wine is made from the same grapes as the near-by Valpolicella, such as “Corvina”, “Corvinone” and “Rondinella”, along with additions of other vines typical of the lake. However, it has its own character that should not be mistaken for the adjacent area. “Bardolino” wines are often known for being versatile and straightforward, with a seductive, delicate bouquet and easy drinkability, even if there are more complex and aged versions, such as “Bardolino Superiore DOCG”. The rosé versions of Bardolino Chiaretto are also well known and appreciated.

The area where Bardolino wine is produced is characterised by a multitude of moraine deposits, which go back to an ancient glacier that melted thousands of years ago and can be found up to hundreds of metres below the surface. These are soils that allow good permeability, which leads to a gradual and balanced maturation of the grapes. A zoning study carried out in 2002 revealed twelve different types of soil, attesting to the variety and richness of the “Bardolino” wine area.

From Giovanna Tantini to Le Vigne di San Pietro, from Il Pignetto to Marchesini MarcelloZenato, scroll down and discover all the expressions of “Bardolino” wine in the wineshop Wine Online.

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