Red grape variety: Corvina
Bardolino DOC is an appellation located in the province of Verona, in Veneto.
The Bardolino wine region is located in the Veneto sector of the morainic amphitheatre of Lake Garda, formed by the glaciers that shaped the Garda basin. It includes the whole of the communes of Garda, Bardolino, Affi, Cavaion Veronese, Pastrengo, Lazise and Castelnuovo del Garda, and part of those of Torri del Benaco, Costermano sul Garda, Caprino Veronese, Rivoli Veronese, Bussolengo, Sona, Peschiera del Garda, Sommacampagna and Valeggio sul Mincio.
The morainic landscape in the central/southern sector of the region is characterized by a dense series of elongated hills, with modest differences in altitude, occasionally separated by small, narrow valleys or gravelly plains. The undulations become more significant in the northern sector, in which one also finds very sizeable rocky outcrops, such as the Rocca di Garda and Mount Moscal.
Bardolino is a light red ruby wine with medium body and an easy-drinking style, very fruity with hints of cherries, strawberries and raspberries. More intriguing in its rosè (pink) version called Chiaretto di Bardolino, with a pale pink and scents of citrus and strawberries.
Bardolino DOC has recently recognised 3 sub-regions, Montebaldo, La Rocca and Sommacampagna -, matured for at least a year and coming from vineyards with lower yields per hectare, Bardolino’s typical aromas take on more elegance: the wines’ colours remain pale, but the complexity of their bouquets becomes accentuated, assuming spicy tones of cinnamon, cloves or black pepper and notes of dried flowers and citrus fruits.
It pairs well with veal, minced meat, pork, salami and prosciutto crudo. It also pairs well with fish, particularly tuna steak, swordfish, and salmon.