Subzone

Bardolino La Rocca:
 the wine of Bardolino, Castelnuovo,
 Garda, Lazise, Peschiera and Torri.

La Rocca

Bardolino La Rocca

The La Rocca subzone includes those portions of the municipal territories of Bardolino, Castelnuovo del Garda, Garda, Lazise, Peschiera del Garda and Torri del Benaco that are part of the Bardolino zone.

It lies on the shores of Lake Garda and its immediate hinterland, on the finer soils of the morainic hills near the lake and on the moderately recent ones further inland. It is characterized, in its northern part, by the presence of the hill of La Rocca and by Mount Luppia. According to the classification described by Perez in 1900 it corresponds substantially to what was known as the “Plaga Gardense”.

Bardolino La Rocca

In the early Middle Ages, on the hill that gives its name to the subzone stood the Castle of La Rocca at Garda, the town after which the entire lake was named, having previously been called Lake Benaco.

“La Rocca – wrote Don Albano Bussinello in his slim volume “Su la Rocca di Garda” – has two peaks: one, 294 metres above sea level, has an almost sheer drop down to the lake, and is known as the Rocca Vecchia; the other, further inland, is 309 metres high, is surrounded by pines and enclosed within a wall, and is known as the Eremo (“Hermitage”)”.

Bardolino La Rocca

The reference to La Rocca (“The Fortress”) is significant both because it identifies it with the territorial hub of the ancient District of Bardolino, as well as because of its close correlation with local winemaking history: it was here that the Priory of San Colombano (then a dependence of the Abbot of San Colombano in Bobbio) and subsequently, in the 17th century, the Camaldolese hermitage of Mount San Giorgio were built, both of which were fundamental for the spread of viticulture.

La Rocca lies within the countryside conservation area known as "Rocca di Garda" and within the European cultural site called "Monte Baldo, Val dei Mulini, Senge di Marciaga, Rocca del Garda".

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