Gathered around a tiny harbour, prosperous Bardolino is a town in love with the grape. More than 70 vineyards and wine cellars grace the gentle hills that roll east from Bardolino's shores, many within DOC and the even stricter DOCG quality boundaries. They produce an impressive array of pink Chiaretto, ruby classico, dry superiore and young novello.
Bardolino is at its most Bacchic during the Festa dell'Uva e del Vino in early October, when the town's waterfront fills with food and wine stands, as well as musicians and dancers. The tourist office stocks a map of local producers on the Bardolino Strada del Vino (www.stradadelbardolino.com). Otherwise, plan your visit on a Thursday in order to catch the weekly market.
Bardolino is also also a spa town and the springboard for the ancient walled village of Lazise.