The Wine: Rodon Bardolino Chiaretto 2017
Le Fraghe Bardolino Chiaretto Rodon is pale pink in color and redolent of wild strawberries with hints of bitter herbs. Perfect with salmon and other substantial fish dishes, and it's very good with grilled chicken or pork.
It's made of Corvina (80%) and Rondinella, two of the traditional indigenous varieties from the area, fermented and aged in stainless steel, and it's bottled under screwcap, to retain freshness.
This Rose' is a saignée of Le Fraghe Bardolino, which we also sell: a portion of the pink juice is bled off from the red wine fermentation, to give a pink wine as well as a more concentrated red wine - more concentrated because the remaining fermentation has a higher solid-to-liquid ratio.
The Producer: Le Fraghe
Le Fraghe, which means The Strawberries in local dialects, is located in in the heart of Bardolino production zone near Lake Garda and is run by Matilde Poggi. Le Fraghe first harvest was in 1984, prior to that year grapes were sold to other wineries in the area.
Over the past thirty years, Matilde has been constantly experimenting with her 28 hectares of vineyard, planted mainly with native grape varietal Corvina. The results are stunning wines so easy to drink that quickly become a staple with every dish.
The Region: Veneto
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy, located in the North Eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. It borders with Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-east), Emilia-Romagna (south), and Lombardy (west).
The capital of Veneto is Venice, which is also its most populous city, followed by Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and Rovigo. The east coast of Lake Garda, the biggest Italian lake, is part of Veneto and so is the tract of Alpine foothills called Venetian Prealps.
Veneto is the leading Italian region for quantity of wine produced – even though wine-producing regions such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Sicily all have bigger territories.
Some of its most famous wines are Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Soave, and of course Prosecco. Other less known but equally delicious wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Raboso del Piave, and Bardolino.
Veneto’s main characteristic is perhaps the great variety of wine types produced, obtained mostly from indigenous grape varietals – Corvina, Glera, and Garganega being the most common.
This is due as much to its specific geography and climate as it is to rather peculiar winemaking techniques such as the grape drying technique employed to make Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto’s most famous red wine.