Bardolino Wine

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Bardolino is a wine produced from grapes grown in the hills surrounding Lake Garda in the Verona province of Veneto, Italy. It’s a lighter cousin to nearby Valpolicella, using the same grapes: primarily Corvina with small percentages of Molinara and Rondinella. This has lately expanded to Barbera, Sangiovese, Marzemino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which can comprise up to 20% of the blend. It has been produced in some capacity in the region for centuries, as landlords changed hands from the Romans to the Venetians to the Austrians and finally back to a unified Italy. Medieval castles, churches and walkways still stand in the town of Bardolino. 

Verona is a great trade hub, and like many Veronese wines, Bardolino had its era of mass production in the middle of the 20th century. Molinara is easy to cultivate and subject to high yields, though it isn’t very flavorful, and for a time began to dominate the blend for wines that are best described as “mis-made.” But as the Read more »

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