Valtènesi Chiaretto, new vintage on Valentine’s Day

Claudio Andrizzi
Written by Claudio Andrizzi

As every year on Valentine’s Day, lovers prepare themselves to toast on Lake Garda with the new vintage of the Valtenesi Chiaretto (2015 to be exact), the rosé produced on the Brescia shore of Lake Garda with the native Groppello grapes. A wine which, in accordance with the terms of the consortium production can be placed on the market only starting from February 14.

It is a wine of great traditions, whose genesis is intertwined not surprisingly to a distant love story: the one between the Garda noblewoman Amalia Brunati and the Venetian Senator Pompeo Molmenti. In 1885 the marriage between the two brought the Molmenti Senator in the possessions of Brunati in Moniga, in Valtènesi. Here his passion for viticulture and avant-garda wine-making in pink, learned in his frequent French travels, resulted, already in 1896, in the official encoding of the production method of this rosé, whose production, however, was widespread on the Brescia Riviera del Garda from the ‘500 under the name “claretto”, according to the texts of the illustrious agronomist Agostino Gallo from Brescia (1499-1570).

To celebrate the release of the new vintage, the Valtènesi Consortium has organized a double premiere for operators in the day of February 12, the first event will be held in the prestigious setting of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, where the restaurant Il Salotto will host the first déblocage. The same day the ritual will be repeated at the Hotel Vittoria Brescia, the prestigious five-star hotel of the city.

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