On the wine tour we recently did in Veneto in northern Italy we visited several different wine regions around Verona. We tasted red wines in Valpolicella, with amarone prominently featured, whites in Soave and in the not so famous neighbouring district Gambellara where they also make wine from the garganega grape. We also managed a detour to Bardolino to visit Le Fraghe.
One of the evenings we went for dinner (at Da Ugo) and we happened to find an excellent white wine that we did not know, called Brolettino made by Ca’ de Frati.
Brolettino comes from the Lugana region that is at the southern tip of the Garda Lake. It is actually located in Lombardy. The grape variety is local, called turbiana. The wine was quite round and full bodied with a warm structure, aromas of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. But what was most remarkable was the very refreshing acidity that shone like a flood light a dark night. It has been aged in wood for ten months and has 13% alcohol. Goes perfectly with fish, pastas with vegetables, and also to chicken or veal. Very good value at around 15 euro.