Bardolino DOC, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda and known for its rosato style wines, is very much in the shadow of neighbouring Valpolicella. Giovanna Tantini began making wine in her garage and, together with leading Piedmontese agronomist Federico Curtaz and Tuscan oenologist
Attilio Pagli has almost single-handedly re-invented Bardolino. The wine is a blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 5% Merlot and a portion of the vines’ canes are cut prior to harvest to boost concentration.
The varieties are fermented separately with natural yeasts and then, after blending, the wine is aged in stainless steel for six months. There is fleshy cherry and black forest fruit with pepper and spice, the palate vibrant and velvety. An incredibly versatile wine that drinks particularly well with red wine risotto or pasta with radicchio (classics of the region if you happen to visit).