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A DOC Wine Region in Veneto

Bardolino, which is located on the southeastern shores of the Lake Garda, is a famous DOC wine region of Veneto.

You should be aware of the world-famous Veneto wine region in the north-eastern part of Italy. Within this huge region is the province of Verona, within which the Bardolino is located.

This DOC takes the name from the town Bardolino. Most of the wine lovers have known Bardolino as the light red wines that are being made along the chain of Morainic Hills.

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Now, let’s see about the Bardolino wine region and Bardolino wines here…

An Overview of the Bardolino Wine Region

As mentioned above, the Bardolino region is located on the southeastern shores of the Lake with its vineyards located on the eastern shores below the foothills of Alps.

As such, these are found to be continuing up into the Trentino-Alto Adige region.

We could find that the Classico wine zone of Bardolino DOC is surrounding the following towns:

  • Bardolino
  • Affi
  • Cavaion
  • Costermano
  • Garda
  • Lazise

Further the Classico zone to the south, we can find flatter, fertile plains where the Bardolino DOC wines are being produced from high grape yields.

As such, almost 45% of the total wine production is coming from this Classico region.

However, there are no much differences between the wines produced in this region and those that are produced in the greater DOC zone.

Climate and Topography of Bardolino Wine Zone

As the vineyards are located in a close proximity to the lake waters, the climate is found to be understandably fresh.

The vineyards experience lake breezes from the west, as well as the cool mountain air blowing from the north.

The lake is also playing an important role in moderating temperature differences and also in reflecting the brighter northern sunlight back onto the elevated vineyards.

All these factors together are known to be contributing to the full phenolic ripeness over the journey of the wine growing season.

The cool temperatures combined with the bright sun shines are found to be emphasizing the bright, fruity qualities of the Bardolino wines.

As in other DOC regions, the viticultural zone that was initially sanctioned for Bardolino DOC was substantially expanded during the 1960s and 1970s.

The key trend that was observed in Bardolino is the soil conditions that are prevailing there.

As such, the soils in Bardolino are found to be richer in the south than the northern sides thus leading to higher yields.

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Bardolino Wines and Wine Grapes

As mentioned earlier, the wines that are being produced in the original and traditional vineyards of Bardolino (close to the town of Bardolino) are labelled as Bardolino Classico whereas; the slightly more robust and stronger wines that are produced in the region are labelled as Bardolino Superiore.

These higher grade wines were granted a separate DOCG status in the year 2001.

Like its popular neighbour, Valpolicella, these wines are also made from the following grape varieties:

  • Corvina
  • Rondinella
  • Molinara

However, the following grape varieties are also allowed to be used in the blend up to 15%:

  • Rossignola
  • Barbera
  • Sangiovese
  • Garganega

Although the same wine varieties are used in Valpolicella and Bardolino, the two wines are quite different from each other. Our Bardolino contains fewer amounts of Corvina and more Rondinella.

In the Bardolino DOC wines, Corvina is found to be contributing structure, weight, and cherry aroma to the wine while the Rondinella is responsible for the characteristic fresh herby flavors.

Apart from Classico and Superiore varietals, rosé (Bardolino Chiaretto), a sparkling (frizzante), and a novello are also produced in Bardolino.

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Tharani Rajamanickam

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