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  • "Profumi di Mosto", Sunday in the Garda wineries on October 9

    “Profumi di Mosto” is the traditional gourmet circuit in the wineries of Valtenesi and the Brescia shore of Lake Garda winery: the 15th edition is scheduled for October 9th from 11 to 6 pm in 23 companies divided into three itineraries articulated on the hills of Garda, between Desenzano and San Felice del Benaco, touching the hinterland villages such as Calvagese, Bedizzole and Puegnago as those on the coast such as Moniga, Manerba, Padenghe. Each winery will offer tastings of wines made mostly with native Groppello grapes, from Chiaretto to red wines, matched with typical local products.

    All the wines offered during the day will be also available for tasting throughout the day to the big tasting event organized in Villa Galnica Puegnago, home of Valtènesi Consortium, where everybody will meet for the final usual toast usual at 7 pm with live music from the Teen Town band.

    For each path there’s a carnet of 10 tastings available (8 cellars + wine cellar wildcard pick from one of the other two routes + Villa Galnica) at a cost of 28 euros including glass, purchased the day of the event at any winery from which you will choose to leave. It is also available in advance at the reduced price of 25 Euros at Cassa Padana bank or on the profumidimosto.it site, where you can also learn about the routes and see all the wine-food pairings. Flexible tickets bought in advance will be withdrawable at Villa Galnica Puegnago or Desenzano Station.

    As always there will be also a bus service to attend the event in safety and tranquility (reservations required by writing to info@profumidimosto.it or by calling 370-1108423).

  • A "House of Wine" to discover wines and extra virgin olive oils of western shores on Lake Garda

    Important news for wine and food lovers on the western shores of Lake Garda: at Villa Galnica in Puegnago, seat of the Consortium Valtenesi, was inaugurated the “house of wine”, a new project to create an ideal place to learn more about wines and to taste typical products of the territory of western shores. It will be open every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm and it will become a point of reference even for Garda oil PDO thanks to the collaboration with Aipol, the association of olive oil producers with seat at Villa Galnica. This villa has been inaugurated and opened to the public during the recent fair in Puegnago. 

  • A toast to Summer with a Garda Diamond

     

    Diamante Comincioli, one of the most popular wine label in our wine list at the restaurant à la carte “Il Giardino dei Limoni” will celebrate its 10thanniversary. This wine is a must for our guests that love combining it with local products. News is that the Chiaretto produced by Comincioli in Puegnago will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special edition that will be on sale from today, 21st June, for a toast in pink to summer solstice. So, a good summer to everyone and cheers to Diamante, a wine of great elegance that testifies the vocation of Lake Garda in producing rosé wine using only red grapes. The ageing process is in stainless steel vats to grant not only wine’s smell but also its unicity with 13% alcoholic content. This wine was awarded with many recognitions: 85 points of Decanter in 2016, Silver of AWC in Wien and the Grand Menzione of Vinitaly. Diamante is perfect to combine with fish dishes but thanks to its versatility you can have different combinations.  

     

     

  • Chiaretto, the wine for a night.... and for lovers

    In a few days many people around the word will celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. On Lake Garda the traditional Feast of Lovers coincides with the arrival on the market of Valtenesi Chiaretto, a rosé wine produced on the West lakeshore. This is a unique wine because it is made from indigenous vine Groppello: rare grapes growing on 400 hectares only in this area of Lake Garda and nowhere else in the world.

    In occasion of St. Valentine’s, it is amazing to remember of how the origin of Chiaretto is closely linked to a faraway love story between a noblewoman from Lake Garda, Amalia Brunati, and a Venetian senator, Pompeo Molmenti, that got married in 1885. In the Brunati family’s land in Moniga del Garda the Senator began to develop and improve the production method of Chiaretto that was well spread from ancient times, or to be exact, from ‘500.

    The secret of Valtenesi Chiaretto is in the must that remains in contact only few hours with the skins of red grapes harvested in September. During the nocturnal ritual of racking, cellerman must implement his skills in capturing the freshness and the essence of a territory.

    The result is a savoury, fragrant and fresh rosé with fruity notes but capable of acquiring harmonic, elegant and balanced features during the ageing process. Even though this is a wine of great traditions, it is able to match consumer tastes above all because it pairs well with food ranging from starters to main courses (and in particular with risotto) and from freshwater fish to white meat dishes. So, ideal for any mealtime!

    In the next summer season you can taste the freshness of this rosé wine at our restaurants. Again this year, Chiaretto will be in the wine list together with the most prestigious wines of the territory.  

  • In Peschiera on 9th September great Lugana wine tasting with 54 wineries

    Scheduled on 9th September the traditional annual event with Lugana tasting “Armonie senza tempo”, timeless harmony. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 pm in Peschiera, in the marvellous Porta Nuova Artillery Barrack, an Italian site inscribed on the prestigious UNESCO world heritage list. 54 wineries will participate to the event. The aim of this initiative is to explain better the most important white wines of the Riviera, learning more about aspects and typologies. Free entrance subject to availability. To participate it is necessary to sign in on the website www.consorziolugana.it. Next appointment will be on 6th October in Sirmione with "Lugana doc con gusto", an itinerant circuit with food and wine tastings.

     

  • It's grape harvest time on Lake Garda

     

    Summer is nearly over and autumn is about to come and like every year on Lake Garda it's time for grape harvest, the most crucial step in the process of wine making. In particular, in the last days in Valtenesi, wine area on the western shores of Lake Garda between Desenzano and Gardone Riviera, has begun the grape harvest of Doc Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese grapes that are used to produce Chiaretto and in the second half of September will follow the selection of red wines. Despite of hot temperatures during summer 2017, the grape harvest has started 10 days in advance if compared with the last year, but only 3 days than 2015.

    Moreover, the temperature drop and the rainy days of the last 10 days have contributed to balance the year. Experts are expecting a decrease in production of 20% due to frost on 19th April. The vegetative growth during summer has been regular thanks to the balance between warm and rainy days that have contributed to the growth of vines with a reduction of pesticide prevention practises. Grapes are in perfect conditions and with a good aroma and high sugar content that is expected to be higher than the last grape harvests. So, we can be sure that the wine production will be very interesting.

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Lugana Molin 2016 still on the top with the Three Glasses

    . A new important confirmation for Cà Maiol, one of the most famous wineries located on Lake Garda that is included in the wine list of Grand Hotel Gardone. The “Lugana Molin 2016”, produced by the Desenzano del Garda winery, has been awarded with 3 glasses (Tre Bicchieri) of Gambero Rosso for the 2018 wine guide. This wine has already won this prestigious prize in 2014 and in 2015. Gambero Rosso experts has defined it like a classic among Lugana wines with a fresh profile and clean quality. A new important success for the winery run by Fabio Contato. From this year the majority share of the winery has been bought by Santa Margherita group, one of the most important brand in the Italian wine industry.

     

     

  • Lugana, wine-tasting in Sirmione: on 6th October, from 5 to 9 pm, free entrance, advance booking required.

    New appointment on Lake Garda discovering Lugana wine. On 6th October is scheduled the first edition of the “Lugana Doc con gusto a Sirmione”, an event that is included in the events to celebrate 50 years of Lugana Doc. The event will take place in Piazzale Porto from 5 to 9 pm with a tasting- itinerary where Lugana will be presented together with typical local products. Free entrance subject to availability, booking is required on the website www.consorziolugana.it. Also in case of bad weather conditions, the event will take place.

     

     

  • Polpenazze Wine Festival, 4 days with the Valtènesi wines from May 26

    Even this year has been renewed the appointment with food and wine at the beginning of the summer season: the wine festival-Garda Classico Doc in Polpenazze is ready for its 68th edition scheduled from 26th to 29th May. The event will take place in the medieval village in Polpenazze where you can enjoy an amazing panorama over Valtenesi and Lake Garda. 24 wineries participants, instead of 22 in 2016, and more than 100 labels for tastings. As usual the entrance for the festival is free but visitors that want to taste wines should buy at the entrance a bag with a glass at € 5 with an additional € 1,50 for every tasting. The festival opens at 6 p.m. on Friday 26th, on Saturday 27thand on Monday 29th and at 10 a.m. on Sunday 28th. There you can visit a Borgo Bio, a bio corner for organic products, and the traditional Corte degli Assaggi for guided tastings of awarded wines combined with tastings of typical local km zero products. You will have the possibility of trying the popular spit, the most famous dish on Lake Garda and in the province of Brescia. Moreover, you can visit the famous Palio del Salame dedicated to salamis or participate to guided tastings of extra virgin olive oil made in Lake Garda. A lot of cultural events and entertainment will complete the programme that will end with fireworks on Monday 29th.

  • Spumante Garda Doc, here's the new Garda sparkling wine

    The new Spumante Garda Doc has been presented in the last days in Mantova, the new brand of the Consorzio Garda that has been launched on the market with the ambitious goal of becoming “the official sparkling wine on Lake Garda”. The production area includes 31 thousand hectares of vineyards, of which 27.889 in the province of Verona and 3211 between Mantova and Brescia. The Spumante Garda Doc can be produced above all with Garganega, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Trebbiano grapes with traditional or charmant method. After its debut with the collection brut 2016, the first great quantity could be ready for Christmas. The consortium aims to reach 20 million bottles, starting from the choice of producing this wine from different wineries but under this new brand.

     

     

     


  • Valtènesi, it's harvest time!

    The return of September brings back also on Lake Garda the ancient ritual of harvest: these days especially operations have begun on the hills of Valtènesi with the harvest of Doc grapes Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese for the production of the renowned Chiaretto. The forecasts are positive: vintage is shaping on the average production quantities (grapes / hectare) of the last 10 years, but down slightly compared to 2015, as well as analytical data of very good grapes for tenors and acidic pH. The dry heat of late August and the first half of this month has caused a surge of sugars. The wineries of the area are expecting about 52 thousand tons of grapes for a total production of more than 4 million bottles. The grape harvest for Chiaretto will be followed by the selection that for the reds, but only when the ripening will reach a high intensity.

  • Yoga and wine, meetings on Lake Garda

    This is an audacious and weird combination and for somebody even a hazard but with no doubt interesting: Yoga and wine will be protagonists of three meetings scheduled in three wineries on Lake Garda from 29th June. This is the occasion of analysing the relationship between wine and meditation, already well known to all wine lovers, and at the same time discover one of the most ancient spiritual practices that requires a deep listening of body and soul. After all even wine should be listened. The circuit “Yoga and wine experience” begins on Thursday 29th at Selva Capuzza in San Martino, one of the most important wine producers of Lugana and San Martino della Battaglia Doc; the event will continue on 30th at Masi Tenuta Canova in Lazise and on Saturday 1st July in Ospitaletto di Pescantina (Province of Verona). Info: http://www.yogajyotim.it/.

     

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