LAKE GARDA: GARDA DOC MYTHICAL WINE LAND!
Mamblip and the wine expert Filippo Bartolotta!
A huge crystalline diamond nestled between the Alps, rolling hills, and tons of absolutely gorgeous small Italian towns oozing with charm…. can anyone guess where I am? Lake Garda!
On Lake Garda we can admire Lazise, Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione, Desenzano, the charming piers of Torri di Benaco and Punta San Vigilio,Tignale and Tremosine…
Lake Garda: Wines
Garda DOC is home to 10 different historical wine appellations and it is undoubtedly a milestone in the history of Italian enology.
Valtènesi, San Martino della Battaglia, Lugana, Colli Mantovani, Custoza, Bardolino, Valdadige, Valpolicella, Durello and Soave… All these are represented in the Garda DOC
These wines are the perfect match with local food traditions, and are the ideal representations of a unique brand: the Garda Doc
Here on Lake Garda you will never get bored because the lake has so much to offer!
Think top-notch amusement parks and one of the most beautiful bike paths in Europe, which even runs alongside the shores of the lake.
We have nature reserves with history and culture peeking out from every corner like Monte Baldo, called the Garden of Europe.
Perfectly unspoiled nature, brilliant forests and incredible landscapes that seem suspended between earth and sky.
All against the backdrop of the deep blue waters of Lake Garda!
Since the mists of time this area of lake Garda has been interested by the presence of man and wine. It is not by chance that right here has been found a 4000 years old plough, the most ancient one ever built, probably man was already using it to tame wild vines and to create wonderful wines. Already in the first century, wines from Lake Garda had found a willing and admired audience in ancient Rome. They called the wine Vino Retico. Yes, the Romans loved it – in fact, Emperor Augustus loved to serve it during his fantastic banquets.
You may not know it, but the traditional cuisine of Lake Garda is beyond your imagination. Let’s start with fish: the waters here are home to more than 25 different types of fantastic fish such as whitefish, pike, perch. Do you love carp? Lake Garda has a rare kind to enjoy, with a soft white or pinkish flesh that’s rich in flavor – one of the best I’ve tried.
And that’s just the fish – the delicacies made on land are pretty stellar, too. The ancient Romans, smart people, knew a good thing when they saw it, and figured this area would work pretty well – turns out they were right, and Lake Garda is the furthest Italian area where you can produce extra virgin olive oil. And it’s just as good now as it was then – this fruity, delicate, light oil is absolute perfection when I drizzle it over any dish.
All these incredible smells and aromas of fresh cheese make me think of the beautiful hills and mountains where the cows and sheep graze on that fresh, green grass – no wonder these farmhouse cheeses taste so amazing!
If you close your eyes when you taste the cheese, you can actually taste the wildflowers and pastures in the cheese grains – amazing! Don’t even get me started on the wildflower honey, smoked meats, truffles and game we can find here …. it’s a dream come true! I bet you didn’t think you’d find lemons, oranges, limes and tangerines all the way up north, did you? These perfect little bundles of natural flavors are a key part of our local desserts and liqueurs,….why not try some now?