The day begins as we meet winemaker Luca Oliosi in the large, bright shop of this impressively large consortium. The consortium produces 7 million bottles a year. Many customers are busy filling up their personal wine vessels with wine from machines that resemble a gas pump.
Cheerfully spread around the room are attractively packaged boxes of wines to buy as gifts.
After a tour of the barrel and fermentation room we go upstairs for a tasting that begins with the Bardolino Classico 2016 from the Val Dei Molini range. It is a pretty orange/pink color with aromas of tangerine zest. On the palate, bright acidity ad 13.5% abv.
Organic Chiaretto 2016
Salmon rose color, racy acidity, aromas and flavors of small red fruits
Petalorosa sparkling Chiarettto 2016 – a pretty pink color and called “frizzante” as it is not fully sparkling.
Custoza 2016 – aromas and flavors of lemon blossom and 12.5% abv
Bardolino 2016 (Organic) – attractive ruby color with 12.5% abv and jammy berry on the nose and palate.
Corvina 2016 from the Val di Morlini line – intense red cherry fruit, very jammy and delicious.