Bardolino is a red wine produced along the chain of morainic hills in the province of Verona to the east of Lake Garda. It takes its name from the town Bardolino on the shores of Lake Garda. The Bardolino Superiore Classico has been gaining the DOCG level, until the normal Bardolino has still DOC level. The three main grapes used to produce Bardolino are also used to produce Valpolicella but the two wines are quite different. This is partly because Bardolino generally contains less Corvina which adds body and structure and more Rondinella which has a relatively neutral flavor profile.

Located on the south eastern shores of Lake Garda, the classico zone surrounds the towns of Bardolino, Affi, Cavaion, Costermano, Garda and Lazise. Beyond the classico zone to the south is flat, fertile plains where Bardolino wine is also produce from high grape yields. About 45% of the production comes from the Bardolino Classico region. Other versions of Bardolino include a Superiore; has at least 1 extra percent of alcohol and must be aged at least a year before being released, a rosé known as Bardolino Chiaretto, a lightly sparkling frizzante and a Novello. The Bardolino Novello was first produced in the late 1980s in a style that mimics the French wine Beaujolais Nouveau.

  • Grapes: blend of grapes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.
  • Colour: Light ruby red, sometime with cherry-red highlights, turning to maroon with age.
  • Bouquet: thin, delicate, profumes of fresh berries.
  • Flavour: Dry, sapid harmonious, and slightly bitter.
  • Aging: Minimum one year the DOCG, up to three years; laying.
  • Alcohol: 10% - 11%
  • Best served with: delicious with white grilled meats.
  • Serving temperature: 18 °C opening the bottle few minutes in advance.