Costaripa

Moniga del Garda

CostaripaProvince of Brescia
Established: 1936
Owner: Mattia Vezzola
Winemaker: Mattia Vezzola
Production: 330,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 36
Viticulture: Conventional

 

The Garda Classico and Lugana appellations, between the Garda Lake and Brescia, form a gently rolling landscape of great charm and tranquillity. Nestled among these hills is the tiny lakeside village of Moniga del Garda. In the words of Costaripa’s Mattia Vezzola, it is “one of the world’s northernmost territories to have a nearly Mediterranean climate, where lemon trees, citron trees, olive groves, vineyards, cypresses and agave abound.” These well ventilated vineyards on the shore of Lake Garda are planted on gentle sloping, (costa ripa in Italian) morainic soil and face the rising sun. The regions’ main local grape varieties are Trebbiono di Lugana (white) and two fragrant and delicate reds, Groppello and Marzemino.

The origins of Chiaretto are unclear, but some credit a Antonio Gallo, a local from Brescia, who authored a book in the 1500’s that described brief maceration on the skins by alzata di cappello (removing the mass of grape skins that has surfaced during fermentation). RosaMara captures precisely that nuance of rose petal with subtle cherry reflections Gallo had described, not to mention the silky texture, the surprising floral aromas, freshness and depth of flavors that distinguish fine Chiaretto.

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Chiaretto DOC ‘RosaMara’