Wine Routes on Lake Garda
For the wine lovers among you, Lake Garda features many itineraries in order to discover the production areas of the best wines of the region.
Here is a guide to the main wine routes of the area, with their enchanting landscapes, villages and monuments rich in history, where you can enjoy strolls through the vineyards and of course taste a lot of delicious wines. You just have to choose!
Valpolicella Wine Route
The discovery of the best Venetian wines like Amarone DOC, Valpolicella and Recioto is guaranteed along this route which passes 19 municipalities between the city of Verona and Lake Garda. The route starts in the heart of the Valpolicella, as the name suggests, the valley of the many cellars. Passing through the villages of Fumane, Marano di Valpolicella, Negrar, San Pietro in Cariano and Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella you can find a wide range of historical and modern wineries where you can stop and learn about the production techniques of the excellent wines of the area: the famous Amarone, the Valpolicella Classico, the Valpolicella Ripasso and the traditional Recioto, already produced at Roman times.
Along the Valpolicella Wine Route you can do a lot of activities: aperitifs among the vineyards, visit wineries, taste typical products, have long walks and excursions immersed in nature.
As it is a very wide territory, it is possible to choose among many different itineraries to discover not only the hills of Valpolicella but also the enchanting valleys of Lessinia.
Bardolino Wine Route
The Bardolino Wine Route is an 80-kilometre-long itinerary running through 16 municipalities on the east shore of Lake Garda. It includes more than 70 wineries, restaurants and businesses from the hospitality industry. In this area, local varieties of grapes such as Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara are produced and then turned into the traditional Bardolino red wine and its rosè version Chiaretto. Starting from Bardolino, the village that gave the name to the wine, the main itinerary crosses the places where the Bardolino Classico is produced: Lazise, Affi, Cavaion, Costermano and Garda, it proceeds then towards the south. The Bardolino Wine R oute is very easy to follow with its special signposts ("Strada del Vino di Bardolino") and runs along streets you can enjoy by car, on foot or by bike. Besides crossing a wide area of vineyards, wineries, agricultural producers and wine makers, this itinerary is the perfect opportunity to admire the beautiful landscape and traditional heritage of the region: historical monuments, Romanesque churches, castles, villas and many other historic venues linked to the battles of the Italian Risorgimento.
Soave Wine Route
A route for food lovers and fans of nature crossing the area of Soave, on the hills east of Verona. Soave is a place of enchanting beauty and a very famous wine area.
The Soave Wine Route is around 50 kilometres long and takes you through 13 municipalities among sweet hills and green vineyards, where you can admire fascinating sceneries, discover Romanesque churches, castles, wine cellars, taste wines and typical dishes of the region.
The point of departure is the magical Soave Castle, heart of this region. The next stop is Monteforte d'Alpone, original area of production of the Soave wine. Also here it is possible to choose different itineraries able to satisfy the needs of every traveller.
Custoza Wine Route
The Custoza Wine Route is rich in traditional flavours, nature and history.
The itinerary runs on the hills close to Verona, between the east shore of Lake Garda and the rivers Mincio and Adige. A route devoted to the "Bianco di Custoza", typical white wine coming from grape varieties such as Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Tocai Friulano and Bianca Fernanda (local clone of the Cortese). The itinerary starts in Sommacampagna and continues towards the picturesque village of Custoza, the largest area of production of the Custoza wine. Other stops worth a visit are Villafranca di Verona, with its precious Castello Scaligero, Valeggio sul Mincio, with its majestic Ponte Visconteo. and Borghetto sul Mincio with its ancient water mills. The route heads then towards the shores of the lake until reaching Peschiera del Garda, part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
If you are looking for a good restaurant, along this route you have plenty to choose from.
Terra dei Forti Wine Route
This wine route is located between the two regions Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige.
It follows the wines produced along the Adige river, in a valley rich in medieval sceneries of countless fortresses, called indeed "forti". This "Terra dei Forti" wine region is separated from Lake Garda by the Monte Baldo. The outstanding wines from this soil feature the designation of origin "Valdadige Terradeiforti". They were even mentioned by Roman writers, who cite a wild vine called "Enantio", a black grapes’ variety which is still produced nowadays.
Another star of this area is the "Casetta", a niche variety also called "Foja tonda" (dialect for "rounded leaf"). This wine route runs through the main areas of wine production: Volargne, Dolcè, Rivoli Veronese, Brentino and Avio. Spreaded along the itinerary you can find wineries and shops selling local products.
Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori del Garda
Among the most recent itineraries, the "Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori del Garda" is noteworthy. This route was born to introduce travellers to the traditional flavours, art, history and culture of the Lombard side of Laka Garda. The itinerary runs along the shores of the lake and through the hills of the hinterland, from Sirmione to Limone, along the DOC production areas of three great wines: the Lugana, a white wine produced between the Veneto and the Lombardy region, the Garda Classico, which includes the widest territory of the province, and the San Martino della Battaglia, produced from Tocai Friulano grapes. You can choose among many great itineraries according to your needs, in order to discover enchanting landscapes rich in castles, villas, historical buildings and churches. There are also special routes available for everyone who travels by bike, to enjoy the scenery and culinary treasures totally relaxed on two wheels.