History

Landscape

As indicated in the production code, ‘Bardolino is produced from the morainic hills of the eastern shore of Lake Garda, which originated from the glaciers that shaped the territory, leaving evident traces of themselves in a series of concentric hills facing Lake Garda, endowed with extremely variable soils, tending to be gravelly and deep’.

Within this land there is a climatic situation strongly influenced by two elements: the nearby presence of the great mass of water of Lake Garda and the massif of Mount Baldo, which guarantee a constant and strong ventilation in the Chiaretto vineyards.

Grapes

By far the most important grape in the production of Chiaretto of Bardolino is Corvina Veronese, which is used up to 95% in the blend, except for a minimum quota of 5% of Rondinella. The production code states that Chiaretto of Bardolino can also be made into sparkling wine, semi-sparkling and bottle-fermented types without disgorging.

Chiaretto is produced by soft pressing of the grapes, with fairly short maceration times (from 3-4 up to 12 hours). The technique of ‘salasso’, as was more usual in the past, is no longer used and the practice of drying the grapes has been absolutely banned: therefore Chiaretto must be produced only with fresh grapes.

These vinification techniques lead to the production of wines with a very delicate profile, soft in colour and with an olfactory timbre marked by strong citrus sensations.

Matches of Bardolino Chiaretto

Chiaretto di Bardolino is a rosé wine perfect as an aperitif or an informal pre-dinner. It accompanies hors d’oeuvres of cured meats, fish or even vegetables.
It matches perfectly with pasta dishes and classic Italian and Mediterranean summer cuisine.

It is excellent with fish, both sea and lake fish, both cooked and raw. Try it with paella, or with clam sauté, or even with shellfish. Bardolino Chiaretto also matches very well with oriental cuisine, including spicy dishes. It is also an ideal match for sushi.

After a year or more of ageing, Bardolino Chiaretto wine gains complexity in terms of spiciness and lends itself to even unusual matches, such as with black truffle dishes.