Bardolino Grape and Wine Festival 2013 (Festa dell’Uva e del Vino)

Bardolino Wine

If you’re on Facebook, you probably know that I was in Italy for a couple of weeks since I posted a number of photos of my travels. I had a fabulous time with Monica, Cristina and Marisa and visited several beautiful towns in northern Italy while doing some serious research (aka eating and drinking…a lot). With my trusty camera, I took well over 2000 photos of picturesque villages and vistas, interesting people and of course, lots of food. And Deborah and I enjoyed our time together working on a very exciting project which I can’t wait to tell you about! (It involves food, wine and Italy…stay tuned.)

And now for some highlights…

The picturesque town of Bardolino, the center of the same named Bardolino wine region, is on the southeast side of Lake Garda, about 80 miles west of Venice and 15 miles northwest of Verona. And as luck would have it, the 84th Bardolino Grape and Wine Festival was taking place during my visit to Lake Garda and is an event definitely not to be missed. The five-day festival, dedicated to the excellence of the local wine, takes place along the olive tree-lined promenade directly on the lake.

Bardolino Wine Festival
Bardolino Wine Festival
For about $4.75, you get a wine glass filled with your choice of one of several Bardolino wines and a cute little pouch to wear around your neck. You go from booth to booth, meeting local wine makers who proudly chat about their wines. For a cost of anywhere from  $2 – $4 you can try each of the wines, reusing your nice commemorative wine glass tucked in your pouch. Certainly ecofriendly and if you have good balance, the pocket can hold your filled glass while eating, too.

Wine glass with pouch
Wine glass with pouch

Music that has everyone rockin’  is playing and in every direction there are people, food and of course more wine. Local civic and sports associations sponsor food booths selling risotto, rice balls, pasta, panini, donkey (yes, donkey) and wurst (lots of German tourists) as well as vendors selling an insane amount of bread, salumi, cheese, truffles, sweets…and wine.

Bardolino Wine Festival
Bardolino is an old world charming town with lots of restaurants, outdoor cafés and attractive shops lining the pedestrian walkways. The wine festival brings a fair amount of tourists, but the village still has a quaint, small town feel to it.
Bardolino Wine Festival
Relaxed and sedate during the day, at night the festival parties a bit more with live bands, dancing and fireworks. Sounds like a great way to bask in all that wine…maybe next year.


Bardolino Grape and Wine Festival 2013 (Festa dell’Uva e del Vino) — 15 Comments

  1. I get so overwhelmed when I see all this great stuff passing by in the window, that I tend to walk around in Italy drinking wine and picking out and eating all my favorite things at least one day out of my entire trip. Problem is, day starts at 10:30 am with an Apperitivo and ends at midnight. hahahah. Takes me 2 days to get over it. So worth it! Smiles, barbara

  2. Now this is my kind of festival! Wine in a cool little pouch, arancini, treats… hat more could a woman want. Our festivals in Los Angeles are just not the same. Thanks for the tour!

    • Emilie, it was incredible! The smells were amazing and everywhere you looked, there was food and wine…and more food and wine…

  3. I must absolutely put this date and event in my agenda for next year. My husband would just love it!

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