Elegant Padova -- known in English as Padua -- is home to an ancient university, a Basilica that is an important centre for pilgrims and a chapel containing one of the world’s greatest art treasures. Use this website to help you plan a visit to this fascinating northern Italian city and find your way to the other beautiful towns and villages in the Veneto that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Enjoy a taste of Bardolino while in Padova

Vibrant, ruby red Bardolino wine is produced in the Veneto region and therefore does not have to travel far to be available in restaurants in Padova.
Look out for Bardolino Classico, made from grapes grown in the area immediately round the resort of Bardolino on Lago di Garda (Lake Garda), which will have DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status on its label.
Buonissimo Bardolino!
Among the most acclaimed producers of Bardolino Classico are Guerrieri Rizzardi, who are based at No. 4 Via Verdi in Bardolino.
They make their version from Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Sangiovese, Merlot and Molinara grapes grown in their vineyards along the shores of Lago di Garda.
Guerrieri Rizzardi recommend serving their Bardolino slightly chilled to accompany white meats and cheeses.
You will sometimes see in the shops and on wine lists, bottles of Bardolino Novello, (new Bardolino), which should be drunk as soon as possible after the grapes it has been made from were harvested. Wines labelled Bardolino Superiore will have been aged for at least one year.
But most Bardolino is best drunk young if you want to be able to appreciate the wine’s characteristic scent of berries and almonds.
Language point
Wines are graded according to a system that refers to their place of origin, la denominazione.
Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) applies to wines made from grapes grown only in a defined area.
Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita (DOCG) is reserved for wines that have met particularly rigorous standards throughout their production.

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