Food & Wine
Food & Wine

The cultural and natural highlights, Lake Garda combines the food and wine, fruit of fertile land, mild climate and ancient traditions.

In particular,Bardolino, offers interesting itineraries to discover authentic flavors and tastes.

It is also a perfect departure to explore the Valpolicella, a hilly area on the east coast of the Lake. Valpolicella is renowned for its vineyards (origin of Amarone), ancient villas, historical gardens, churches and chapels, all testimonies of a glorious past.

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The vineyards of Bardolino, favoured by the pre-alpine environment with a mild climate and a good sun exposure, create a pleasant wine, internationally acclaimed as Bardolino Classico or Classico Superiore and Chiaretto.

The main vines of Bardolino are Corvina, il Corvione, la Rondinella and la Molinara, spread over a territory of 16 districts. The best way to appreciate the wines is along the Strada del Vino, which stretches 80 km, passing by many wineries. The Bardolino wine is well combined with all Italian food, while on Lake Garda it accompanies dishes of freshwater fish – pike, whitefish, sardine, perch, eel and chubs- often served with corn mush. It is also good with pasta dishes made with meat souce and soups.

Other popular wines from the surrounding regions are Soave, Merlot, Cabernet, Vino Santo (of the northern lands), Garda Classico Groppello della Valtenesi and the southern vineyards of Lugana.

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The cultivation of olive trees on Lake Garda has a long tradition. The great monasteries of the Northern Italy favored the development of olive growing.

The extra virgin olive oil of Garda, delicate and balanced, has a great dressing power and is rich of natural antioxidants (vitamins E and polyphenols) . Its unique taste is described by the fragrance of freshly cut grass, apple and almond.

Garda traditional dishes fit perfectly with the local extra virgin olive olive oil. It is the ideal ingredient to enhance the taste of lake fish, as well as meat dishes and corn mush of rural tradition.

Bardolino with its olive oil stores, is the ideal place to get to know better this tasty product.

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Wine tastings are a great opportunity to learn to know better the tastes before your buying and at the same time they are an opportunity to understand the right value, thanks to the illustration of the method of cultivation and its tradition.

We recommend you the visit of the wine estate of Guerrieri Rizzardi, founded at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is the result of the union between two ancient wine producers of long tradition: the Counts Guerrieri, owners of a centuries- old estate with vineyards and cellars in Bardolino, and the Counts Rizzardi, with vineyards in Valpolicella back in 1678.

Guerrieri Rizzardi is based in Bardolino, housed in the ancient building belonging to the Guerrieri family since 1450. All grapes come from estate vineyards and the wines are vinified in the cellars situated in each appellation.

Interesting is also the visit of the Garden of Pojega, owned by the Counts Rizzardi. Today Pojega is an estate that includes not only the Villa and the Italian garden- famous for its architectural beauty and the masterpiece of plural property- but also the wine cellar and the rustico, where you can taste and buy the wines and the extra virgin olive oil produced at the estate.

It is possible to book a guided tour in the 17th century old lemon houses, for groups of minimum 15 people. The garden is situated in Località Pojega,in Negrar , Valpolicella (about 30 km from Bardolino).