Bardolino Superiore DOCG is a red wine produced on Verona's side of Lake Garda. In a certain sense we can consider it a relative of Valpolicella DOC, produced further to the east, because it is based on the same grapes: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. The different territorial context - however - make it a more versatile wine, having gathered admirers both in the region and abroad. However, we do not confuse it with the equally well-known Bardolino DOC (from which it derives), which is characterized by easier and fresher typologies of wine, such as Bardolino Chiaretto DOC or Bardolino Spumante DOC.
The protocol always requires a minimum aging of 1 year and allows the use of the mention “Classico” if the used grapes come from the historical area of the appellation, around the town of Bardolino.
The production area corresponds to the Garda morainic amphitheater created during the era of the glaciations. It is a substantially gravelly and very deep soil that today has the shape of gentle hills that branch from the shores of the lake to the plain for several kilometers. The climate is heavily influenced by the presence of the lake basin and the protection of the Baldo mountain on the northern side. This favorable combination therefore allows you to have mild winters and hot but not very hot summers, an almost Mediterranean climate.
Bardolino Superiore is a wine that meets the favor of many palates. It should be drunk young, not over 5 years, to avoid losing its characteristic freshness. The color is ruby red, tending to garnet with aging. The aroma is pleasantly fruity and spicy; the hints of fruit such as cherry and raspberry that are well articulated with notes of cloves and some vegetal notes. The taste is dry, fresh, medium tannic, with a bitterish aftertaste.
Bardolino Superiore is a dry wine of good mouth, quite versatile during the meal. It makes a good impression with the various meat dishes, with medium-aged cheeses - like the Venetian Asiago - and with the first with meat sauce. Interesting the combination with the Anguille alla Garda (Garda style eels), cooked on the grill, even if in this case the Bardolino DOC - Chiaretto or sparkling version - could make a better impression.
- region: Veneto
- province: Verona
- municipalities: Affi, Bardolino, Bussolengo, Caprino, Castelnuovo, Cavaion, Costermano, Garda, Lazise, Pastrengo, Peschiera, Rivoli Veronese, Sona, Sommacampagna, Torri del Benaco, Valeggio
- Bardolino Superiore
- Bardolino Superiore Classico
- grapes quintals / hectare: 90
- wine hectoliters / grapes quintal: 70%
- wine hectoliters / hectare: 63
- Bardolino Superiore: 12,0%
- Bardolino Superiore Classico: 12,0%
- temperature: 16°C / 61°F
- glass: medium wine glass
- longevity: 2-5 years