In accordance with the production regulations approved by the Members’ Meeting of the Bardolino Producers’ Consortium in 2018, the maximum grape yield allowed for the production of the “basic” wines of the Bardolino D.O.C. must be no higher than 12,000 kilos per hectare of vineyard. However, for the wines of the Montebaldo, La Rocca and Sommacampagna subzones, the grape yield per hectare cannot exceed 10,000 kilos. Moreover, the wines from these three subzones can only be released onto the market from 1st September of the year after the harvest (but often they are left to mature for considerably longer). The practice of enrichment with rectified concentrated must is also totally forbidden for wines labelled as coming from the subzones.
For “basic” Bardolino, the production regulations stipulate a ruby red colour (sometimes tending towards cherry red) and a dry, tangy, well-balanced flavour. For Bardolinos from the Montebaldo, La Rocca and Sommacampagna subzones they specify that the colour should be a “clear and bright” ruby red, while the nose is characteristic, of fresh berry fruits and spices, with possible herbaceous and floral hints. The flavour should be dry, fine, tangy and harmonious.