Wine routes of Lake Garda ☀️
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Guide to the main wine routes (and cellars) of Lake Garda: Valpolicella, Bardolino, Soave, Custoza, Terra dei Forti wine routeNumber of views: 12109
- Valpolicella wine route
- Bardolino wine route
- Soave wine route
- Custoza wine route
- Terra dei Forti wine route
- Road of Wines and Flavors of Garda
For wine lovers, the Lake Garda area offers the possibility of following numerous itineraries to discover the production areas of the best Veronese wines.
Here is a guide to the main wine routes of the area, among enchanting landscapes, villages and monuments rich in history, walks among the vineyards and of course many delicious wines to taste. You just have to choose!
Valpolicella wine route
The discovery of the best Veronese wines such as Amarone DOC, Recioto and Valpolicella is guaranteed along this itinerary in stages that winds through 19 municipalities halfway between the city of Verona and Lake Garda. The road begins in the heart of Valpolicella, the valley of many wineries. Passing through the villages of Fumane, Marano di Valpolicella, Negrar, San Pietro in Cariano and Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella you will find a wide choice of historic and modern cellars where you can stop and discover everything there is to discover about techniques of production of excellent wines of the area: the famous Amarone, the Valpolicella Classico, the Valpolicella Ripasso and the traditional Recioto, produced since Roman times.
There are many activities you can do along the Valpolicella wine route, including aperitifs in the vineyard, visits to cellars, wine tastings and typical products of the area, long walks and excursions immersed in nature. Being a very large area, it is possible to choose from numerous itineraries that allow you to explore not only the hills of Valpolicella, but also the enchanting valleys of Lessinia.
Bardolino wine route
The Bardolino Wine Route is a food and wine itinerary that gathers, along about 80 km, more than 70 wineries, restaurants and hospitality companies in 16 municipalities on the Veronese side of Lake Garda. In this area the indigenous grapes Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara are produced from which Bardolino, a great traditional red, and its pink version, Chiaretto, are born. Starting from Bardolino, the town that gave its name to the wine, the main itinerary crosses the locations of the Classic production area: Lazise, Affi, Cavaion, Costermano and Garda, and then continues south. It is an easy route to follow, marked by road signs with the words "Strada del vino di Bardolino", in an area to be enjoyed, by car, on foot or by bicycle. It is a road that not only crosses vineyards, farms and cellars but allows you to discover a little-known artistic heritage: Romanesque churches, castles, peasant courts, sixteenth-century villas and a series of historic locations linked to the battles of the Risorgimento.
Soave wine route
A path for gourmets and nature lovers that crosses the Soave area, on the hills east of Verona, a place of enchanting beauty and always an area with a high wine-growing vocation. The Soave Wine Route offers an itinerary of about 50 km within 13 municipalities between rolling hills and green expanses of vineyards, where you can meet splendid views, Romanesque churches, castles, ancient villages, wineries and taste typical local products. It starts from the magnificent Soave Castle, the heart of this region, and then makes a stop in Monteforte d'Alpone, the original Soave production area.
Here too it is possible to choose between different itineraries capable of satisfying the needs of each visitor.
Custoza wine route
The Custoza wine route is an itinerary rich in typical flavors, nature and history that winds its way through the hills just outside Verona, between the Veronese shore of Lake Garda and the Mincio and Adige rivers. A path dedicated to the white of Custoza, which comes from Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Tocai Friulano and Bianca Fernanda grapes (local clone of Cortese).
It starts from the territory of Sommacampagna, which includes the picturesque village of Custoza, the largest production area of the homonymous wine. Other stops worthy of a visit are Villafranca di Verona, with its precious Scaligero Castle, Valeggio sul Mincio, with its imposing Visconti bridge and Borghetto sul Mincio with its ancient water mills.
The road then goes up towards the lake shores to Peschiera del Garda, a UNESCO heritage site. There are numerous restaurants that can be found along this route.
Terra dei Forti wine route
The Terra dei Forti wine route follows the wines produced along the Adige river, in a valley rich in landscapes of the past that stretches between Veneto and Trentino Alto Agide.
Monte Baldo separates this wine area from Lake Garda, called Terra dei Forti due to the presence of numerous medieval castles called "Forti". The wines of this land have always been famous, denominated Valdadige Terradeiforti, also mentioned by Roman writers in ancient times who spoke of a wild vine called "Enantio", a black grape variety still produced today. The protagonist here is also the Casetta, another grape variety popularly known as "Foja tonda". The road passes through the main wine production areas: Volargne, Dolcè, Rivoli Veronese, Brentino and Avio. Scattered along the route you can find wineries and outlets of typical local products.
The D.O.C. it extends over a very vast territory that goes from the Chiusa di Ceraino in the province of Verona, where the Adige begins its journey towards the plain, up to Bolzano.
The Valdadige has been a very important point of connection and economic development in history since Roman times, when two roads were built on the two opposite banks of the river: the Via Claudia Padana, coming from Ostiglia, and the Via Claudia Augusta Altinate, coming from Altino, near Padua. The subsequent barbarian invasions forced the inhabitants to take refuge in high altitude areas, where they dedicated themselves to pastoralism and exploitation of the forest. In the Middle Ages, monasteries and lordships marked the territory with castles and convents, which made this area very rich in crops flourish, among which the vineyards stood out.
This valley also preserves numerous fortresses and memories of great battles from the past, such as that of Napoleon against the Austrians in Rivoli in 1797.
Road of Wines and Flavors of Garda
Among the most recent itineraries, the Garda Wine and Flavors Route is worth mentioning, created to bring travelers closer to the traditional flavors, art, history and culture of the Brescia side of Lake Garda. The route extends between the shores of the lake and the hills of the hinterland, from Sirmione to Limone, along the production area of three DOC wines: Lugana, a white wine produced between Lombardy and Veneto, Garda Classico, which includes the largest territory in the province, and San Martino della Battaglia, made from Tocai Friulano grapes. There are numerous itineraries and tours that you can choose according to your needs, to discover enchanting landscapes full of castles, villas, historic and religious buildings.
And for those traveling by bicycle, there are also routes designed specifically to enjoy landscapes and flavors in total relaxation on two wheels.
See also: Le eccellenze dei Vini Veneti