Chiaretto di Bardolino-How Italians do Dry Rosé
Lesser known, but Bardolino Chiaretto Measures Up
|Photo Credit: Garda Concierge|
Beautiful Bardolino is a resort village in the province of Veneto, Italy, approximately 25 kilometers from Verona and on the southeastern shore of Lake Garda. There are many things to see and do in terms of food, wine and travel in this delightful village. While highlighting a few, I'll begin with what Bardolino is known for-it's Italian dry rosé known as Chiaretto.
Chiaretto is a dry, crisp rosé wine, dating back to the 19th Century. Chiaro, in Italian, denotes a color that is clear, pale or light. This is the perfect name for Chiaretto, as it has a pale pink color due to the limited skin-contact time. Chiaretto is made primarily from the indigenous Corvina grape, although other native grapes such as Rondinella and Molinara may be included.
The Bardolino area of wine production includes the hilly area behind Lake Garda and is very close to Valpolicella. In fact, it is only separated by the Adige river. The Monte Baldo mountain range helps to shield the region from northern winds, while Lake Garda moderates the climate, so olive groves and lemon trees also thrive all over Bardolino. The hills are glacial moraines, as they are remnants of the Ice Age and leave the soil chock full of gravel. The Bardolino Classico sub-zone refers to the historic area of Bardolino and its surrounding villages. While Chiaretto is the pink star of the region, red, and sparkling wines are also produced here. Bardolino has DOC and DOCG Appellations. Chiaretto is up under the Bardolino DOC.
|Glacial Moraine around Lake Garda|
It can be said that although Chiaretto may be lesser a known rosé, Bardolino and Chiaretto di Bardolino is the Italian counterpart to Provence and Provence Rosé. Both are breathtaking resort towns with diverse landscapes including mountains, hills and rolling vineyards, both are along bodies of water, both have moderate Mediterranean climates, both dine on fresh fish, seafood, olive oil and other similar fare and both produce fantastic dry rosés. Therefore, I encourage you to visit Bardolino and see for yourself. Bardolino is quaint and unassuming but with much to offer...and far less crowds. I spent some time there last year with the Corsorzio Tutela Vino Bardolino DOC and I can't wait to return.
Here's what to see and do in Bardolino:
*Visit the nearby villages and towns surrounding Lake Garda. Thursday is market day, and it is should not be missed! So far, I have visited Garda, Peschiera, Lazise, Torre del Benaco, Cavaion and Sirmione, but each one is alluring.
*See the historic Roman Churches of San Nicolò and San Severo
*See the Church of San Zeno, located in Verona. This church is where Romeo and Juliet were said to have been married.
*Visit Verona City Center-just 25 kilometers away. Visit the home of of Romeo and Juliet, the Verona Arena, grand piazzas, restaurants, cafes and many other sites.
|Wine Tasting Dinner inside the Zeni Wine Museum|
|c/o La Strada del Vino Bardolino-Wine Trails|
-Palio di Chiaretto, which takes place in June.
-Festa dell'Uva (Bardolino Grape Festival), which takes place at the end of summer.
-The Grape Cure Wine Festival, which takes place in October.
|Palio di Chiaretto Festival|
Photo Credit: Garda Concierge
*Lake Garda-there are many things to see and do surrounding the lake. Eat, drink, swim, fish, etc.
|Hotel Caesius Thermae and Spa Resort|
As Bardolino is a waterside town, seafood and fish are in abundance. Cod fish is a popular dish, made every way you can imagine!
|Salted Cod-typical dish in Bardolino|
Chiaretto di Bardolino...of course! Everyone should #discoverChiaretto and experience how Italians do dry rosé! Taste #Chiarettopink
Also, see my other posts about Bardolino, Chiaretto and Lake Garda:
Preparing the Palate for Chiaretto
The Lake Effect: Lake Garda's Impact on Chiaretto
Uncovering Corvina with Vigneti Villabella
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