We set out for Lake Garda and its coastline villages. At Punto San Vigilio we walked out through the grand villas and took in the 15th century hamlet in all its off-peak tranquility. Originally it was founded as a location for businessmen from both shores to come together and trade, but these days its predominantly tourists passing through.
Next stop was further north, the aim to taste through a wide range of Bardolino Chiaretto wines. Bardolino Chiaretto DOC is the new breakaway, rose only, appellation that is supposed to pave the way for a deeper understanding of the Bardolino territory and its traditions. In short, it's a relatively new attempt to distinguish the easy drinking pink wines from, perhaps, a new future of more complex reds. Yet the aim is to maintain a high standard. Bardolino Chiaretto Classico can only be produced in the towns of Bardolino, Garda, Lazise, Affi, Costermano and Cavaion.
We landed at Villa Cordevigo and the villabella vineyards for a much needed spot of lunch and finally into the tasting.
What became clear was that although there were plenty of very lovely wines, stylistically, you just don't know what you're going to get. There are many that would argue that the point of the DOC is to demonstrate similarities. Here there were few. These could quite frankly have been rose from all over Europe. There were Provencal types as well as the deep red creations more at home in Navarra.