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Bardolino DOC

Region: Veneto

Synopsis

Region:

History: Established as a DOC in 1968; La Rocca, Montebaldo, and Sommacampagna subzones added with 2020 vintage

Vineyard Area: 2,635 ha / 6,508 acres (2018)

Production: 189,700 hl / 2,108,000 cases (2018)

Principal Red Grape Varieties:

Styles and Wine Composition

ROSATO WINES
  • Chiaretto (Ro): 40–95% Corvina Veronese (locally Cruina) and/or Corvinone (maximum 20% Corvinone); 5–40% Rondinella; maximum 20% OANRG (maximum 15% Molinara; maximum 10% of any other single variety)
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): 40–95% Corvina and/or Corvinone (maximum 20% Corvinone); 5–40% Rondinella; maximum 20% OANRG (maximum 15% Molinara; maximum 10% of any other single variety)
  • Novello (Rosso)
SPARKLING WINES
  • Chiaretto Spumante (RoSp): 40–95% Corvina and/or Corvinone (maximum 20% Corvinone); 5–40% Rondinella; maximum 20% OANRG (maximum 15% Molinara; maximum 10% of any other single variety)

Subzones

  • Classico, the historic production area in and around the commune of Bardolino
  • La Rocca (Rosso)—the western strip along Lake Garda
  • Montebaldo (Rosso)—the northeastern part of the denomination
  • Sommacampagna (Rosso)—the southeastern part of the denomination

Significant Production Rules

  • 100% of grapes for Novello must undergo carbonic maceration and the wine must be bottled by December 31
  • Wines labeled as La Rocca, Montebaldo, or Sommacampagna can contain up to 15% wine from either or both of the other two
  • Chiaretto wines may be labeled as “Chiaretto di Bardolino”
  • Minimum alcohol level: 10.5% for Chiaretto, Rosso, and Rosso Classico; 11.0% for Novello and Rosso from La Rocca, Montebaldo, or Sommacampagna; 11.5% for Spumante
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 9 g/l (0.9%) for Chiaretto; maximum 10 g/l (1.0%) for Novello; Spumante can range from brut nature (zero dosage) to demisec (abboccato)
  • Aging: For Rosso and Rosso Classico, approx. 3 months (ERD = January 15, V+1); for Rosso from La Rocca, Montebaldo, or Sommacampagna, minimum 1 year (ERD = September 1, V+1)

Last Disciplinare Modification:

04/12/2021

Notes:

Note: The disciplinare actually says the minimum percentage of Corvina/Corvinone is 35%, but that is not mathematically possible. The lowest percentage of Corvina/Corvinone if the maximum contributions of Rondinella (40%) and other grape varieties (20%) were used is 40%.

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