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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 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.  

     

     

  • Anteprima Chiaretto, the Garda rosé wine together for two days in Lazise

     

     

    Weekend not to be missed with the first, important Garda wine and food event for the 2018 season: the Dogana Veneta in Lazise hosts the tenth edition of Anteprima Chiaretto: event scheduled for Sunday 11th and Monday 12th March 2018, joining together for the first time the "cousins rosé wines" of the two Garda sides . This year, in fact, the Valtènesi Consortium will move from the Brescia to the Veneto coast to be a guest of the Consortium Tutela del Chiaretto and Bardolino in a great showcase in pink 2017 vintage, with over 65 wineries and 140 labels for tasting.
    The Anteprima will be ppen to the public on Sunday 11 from 10 to 6 pm, while Monday, March 12 will be entirely reserved for industry professionals, from 2 to 8 pm. Ticket entrance 15 euros with glass and free tastings, 10 euros for Ais members , Onav, Fis, Slow Food, Fisar, Restaurants What a Passion. In addition, guided tastings are scheduled, which will be held in the council chamber of the Municipality of Lazise. Info: www.anteprimachiaretto.it

     

     

     

     


  • 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.  

  • Italia in Rosa, the rosé wines festival in Moniga from June 2.

    This is the traditional event scheduled at the beginning of the summer season to celebrate the upcoming summer: from 2nd to 4th June will take place “Italia in Rosa”, the 10th edition of the wine festival in Moniga del Garda dedicated to rosé wines. Record numbers have already been registered: this year are expected 141 wineries for a total of 200 wines for tastings. The event will take place in the surroundings of the Castle in Moniga, typical defensive building built between XIV and XV century with an exciting panorama over Lake Garda. Chiaretto will be a protagonist and it will be represented by 40 companies from Valtenesi that is famous for its typical rosé wine production. There will be other wines from other regions: Puglia with 26 wineries, Lombardy (18 wineries with 7 from Franciacorta), Veneto (17 wineries), Toscana (that will be represented even with the association Rosae Maris- Vini Rosati di Maremma e Fivi for a total of 18 companies), Sicily and Piemonte (respectively six and seven) and important organizations such as Le Donne del Vino, il Consorzio Oltrepò Pavese, i Vignaioli Veneti.

    The programme also includes: guided tour and wine tastings with experts, journalists and sommeliers (tastings are free but reservation is required to info@italiainrosa.it or 370-1108423), moments dedicated to the explanation of wines and tastings of risotti and local cheeses from North Lake Garda. The entrance costs € 10 with free wine tastings plus € 3 as deposit for bag and glass that visitors should give back at the exit. For info and news on the official website: www.italiainrosa.it

  • 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.

  • Profumi di Mosto, wine tasting in 21 wineries on Lake Garda: 8th October, 11am-6pm, 30 euro

    On Sunday 8th October has been scheduled the appointment “Profumi di Mosto”, the traditional appointment in occasion of the end of the grape harvest in the wineries in Valtenesi now entering its 16th edition. 21 wineries that will be opened to wine lovers and subdivided into three itineraries in the Colline Moreniche del Garda, between Pozzolengo and San Felice del Benaco, through towns in the hinterland such as Calvagese, Bedizzole and Puegnago, and towns by the lake such as Moniga, Manerba and Padenghe. In every winery visitors can taste two wines, red and Chiaretto wine, produced with Groppello grapes, in combination with local food. Moreover, in the seat of the Consortium Valtenesi, Villa Galnica, visitors can taste all wines offered during the event. For every itinerary is available a ticket with 9 tastings (7 wineries plus a winery at your choice among the other itineraries and Villa Galnica) at 30 € included a glass for tastings that can be bought in the wineries during the event or on pre-sale at reduced price of 25 euro on the website www.profumidimosto.it , where it will be possible to find the itineraries with wine and food combinations. Pre-sales tickets can be collected in Villa Galnica in Puegnago or in the square near Desenzano train station. You can buy tickets with shuttle bus only on presale online subject to availability.



     

  • Valentine's Day, Lake Garda goes pink

    Lovers' day tints the shores of Lake Garda in pink with Lake Garda in Love: a weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day in one of the most romantic settings in the world. Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018 the towns of Lazise, ​​Bardolino, Garda and Torri del Benaco will host a big toast in pink with the Bardolino Chiaretto, the classic rosé of the Veneto Riviera of the Lake, a cousin of the equally historic and famous rosé produced in Valtènesi on western shore.

    There are many romantic moments scheduled for the event: everything begins on Saturday with a toast at 10.30 am in front of the walk of love, the pedestrian path on the lakefront that connects Bardolino to Garda; at 6.30 pm there will be the lighting in pink of the Scaligero Castle of Torri del Benaco, which for the occasion will become the Lovers' Castle, while the Lungolago Regina Adelaide will host the explosion of the Soffi d'Amore: a cascade of red confetti will fall on the participants, who will win big prizes. The lucky ones who will find the pink hearts will receive as a gift a bottle of Chiaretto offered by the Chiaretto and Bardolino consortium, while with the yellow confetti you will be able to win chocolate sweets by Lidl. Moreover, during the two days, there will also be moments dedicated to show cooking and tastings: in the Vela del Cuore, in Piazza del Municipio of Garda where, you can taste the risotto with the Radicchio di Verona Igp and ravioli with a glass of Chiaretto.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • 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.

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