Bardolino

Bardolino wine producing area is one of the most fascinating territory in Italy with its complexity made by lake Garda , Italy biggest lake, the hills surrounding it and the changes made by men in more than 30.000 years of human settlements.

Staying on the subject of Bardolino wine there is the Museo del Vino (museum of wine), not really a museum, more an opportunity to see how the wine is made and sample some local produce…and its free. This is situated in the hillside just above the town.

If you are looking for an interesting late summer holiday the Bardolino Wine Festival, known as the Festa dell’Uva, it is well worth a visit and this year is held from 29 September to 3 October 2011 , despite a lot of wine being drunk it is light hearted, good natured festival enjoyed by everyone. There are concerts, fireworks, wine tasting and plenty of eat (this is Italy after all). This all takes place outside with over 4000 people attending every year. Bardolino is situated at the widest point of Lake Garda. Many vineyards in the surrounding hills where the famous ruby red Bardolino wine is produced. Many shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, piano bars and discotheques.

Bardolino is an amazingly picturesque town situated South of Garda Town and North of Lazise which has been well known as a tourist resort for over a hundred years and is a lovely location for your holidays, helped by the ‘rosso’ wine that bears its name. Bardolino wine being cultivated in the green hills behind Bardolino which itself is actually very flat and easy to walk around. There are some lovely Bardolino apartments and Bardolino hotels available for an excellent holiday.

Bardolino Superiore DOCG has an intense ruby red colour that turns into a light garnet-red colour when aging. The nose offers a special and delicate fragrance with a dry taste. Bardolino Superiore has the same fruity and floral characteristics of the basic Bardolino wine but with more structure and body. Those Bardolino Superiore aged in barrels can be also characterized by a spicy aroma.

Apart from this festival of wine, the next thing that you would really love is the Bardolino Museum of wine or the Museo del Vino. Located in the hill side, here you can witness how wine is made in this town and you can taste a sample for free! Like Valpolicella and Chianti of Italy, Bardolino wine region is also popular for being very fresh and homogenous.

Apart from this festival of wine, the next thing that you would really love is the Bardolino Museum of wine or the Museo del Vino. Located in the hill side, here you can witness how wine is made in this town and you can taste a sample for free! Like Valpolicella and Chianti of Italy, Bardolino wine region is also popular for being very fresh and homogenous. You can sense the joy and pleasure associated with a glass of this fermented grape juice.

The vineyards of Bardolino, favoured by the pre-alpine environment with a mild climate and a good sun exposure, create a pleasant wine, internationally acclaimed as Bardolino Classico or Classico Superiore and Chiaretto. The main vines of Bardolino are Corvina, il Corvione, la Rondinella and la Molinara, spread over a territory of 16 districts. The best way to appreciate the wines is along the Strada del Vino, which stretches 80 km, passing by many wineries. The Bardolino wine is well combined with all Italian food, while on Lake Garda it accompanies dishes of freshwater fish – pike, whitefish, sardine, perch, eel and chubs- often served with corn mush. It is also good with pasta dishes made with meat souce and soups.

The name again is that of a bird, the colour very dark like its plumage. It is another indigenous grape variety, easy to cultivate because ready to adapt to any soil, productive, prolific, resistant to diseases. Ideal for its suitability to dry and concentrate sugars. The wine is intense ruby, the aromas of sour cherry and violet. It is acidulous, fruity, sapid and only slightly tannic, of good structure. As it is a bit rustic, it is never on its own, but always in company of Corvina and friends. In Bardolino wine, though, its content is superior to Corvina.

Bardolino vineyards are mirrored in lake Garda , in a pre-alpine environment, rich with Mediterranean colours and perfumes. The mild climate, the exposition to the sunshine, the perfect balancing between rains and temperature, the variety of soils (sand, pebbles and clay) the passion and ability of the producers, all these qualities together make Bardolino a particularly pleasant wine, highly appreciated at an international level. The grape blend is the same of Valpolicella wines : mainly Corvina , Rondinella and Moinara , but the result is a completely different wine even if Valpolicella is only few kilometers from Bardolino wine producing area. A proof of the fundamental importance of the terroir in the final result of wine making.

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