The region of Veneto is a veritable paradise for lovers of nature, history and gastronomy. The area has been successful in agriculture for centuries.
Stretching from the Dolomites in the north to the fertile Po valley and from Lake Garda to the Venetian coast, everything seems filled with the joy of living. The landscape is gently undulating, green and inviting. The climate is ideal, moderated and mildly continental in the north and Mediterranean in the south.
The vineyards of this famous denomination are situated on alluvial soil deposited in the distant ice age between the right shore of Lake Garda and the city of Verona. Wine has been made here since before the time of the Roman empire. Bardolino is permitted to use the Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara, and Negrara (not less than 85%), supplemented if required to a maximum of 15 % with Bardolino,Rossignola, Barbera, Sangiovese, and Garganega.
Bardolino is a ruby red wine that sometimes has a touch of cherry red in its colour. As it ages the colour darkens towards granite red. The wine smells fresh and fruity (cherry), sometimes with a touch of herbs, and it has a pleasant taste that is mellow and fruity with a discernible slightly bitter finish. The young wine can be a little sharp but this mellows quickly with age. Drink at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) when young to 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) when mature.
The Bardolino which originates from the historical heart of this region carries Classico on its label. Wines with a slightly higher level of alcohol (at least 11.5%) may be called Superiore. You may well encounter lighter coloured Bardolino wines (mainly in Italy). These are made with the short steeping method and are called Chiaretto. This type of wine is lighter in body than the normal Bardolino, but it is more full-bodied than most rose wines.
Pinally there are also red Bardolino Spumante wines, with and without the addition of Classico and/or Superiore. This dark pink to pale red wine has a fine sparkle, a fairly muted bouquet, and a pleasant taste that is filled with juicy flavour. These wines have a slight bitter note in their finish. Drink at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).