Azienda Marchesini Marcello is a small family-owned winery, located in the heart of the Bardolino district overlooking beautiful Lake Garda.
It all started at the beginning of 1950’s, when Plinio Marchesini, a farmer’s son with a great passion for the land, farming, and in particular the vines, started to produce a small amount of wine to enjoy with his friends. The dedication, determination, and love that he put into his new passion quickly fueled a viable wine-making venture and thus created a new business trade. His wines quickly became renowned throughout Northern Italy.
The importance of keeping a genuine and very high quality wine was passed on to Plinio’s son Marcello, who began working at his father’s side in the 1990’s. The goal was to learn, follow and enlarge the family’s already thriving business. Today, Marchesini’s Bardolino wines are sold internationally.
Location of Vineyards
The Bardolino Classic D.O.C. wine area is nestled in the south-east corner of Lake Garda. The Morainic Hills of Lower Garda Lake (average heights between 100 and 250 meters above sea level) are wedged between the plains of the Po’ valley in the south and lake Garda in the north (Provinces of Brescia and Verona), thus forming a semi-circle which embraces the southern shore of Lake Garda. The territory was geologically formed after the phases of expansion and contraction of the glaciers and is characterized by sandy components along with a rich skeleton of pebbles and gravel, which gives their wines good balance. The mild climate in the region makes Bardolino and Chiaretto Rose famously very fruit forward friendly wines.
All grapes come from their estate: the majority is planted with Corvina, “the queen of red grapes”, with the remainder being Corvinione and Rondinella. The majority of the vineyards are still planted with the classic Pergola trellising due to the intense sunshine and humidity in the summers.
Marchesini also has two smaller vineyards planted with Chardonnay and Garganega.
Marcello says that great Bardolino wine is made in the vineyards with a very soft “by hand” approach. He only uses the best grapes each year and follows a sustainable organic philosophy.