Le Fraghe Bardolino


Le Fraghe is a charming, artisanal winery located in the heart of the small Bardolino appellation nestled between Lake Garda and Valpolicella. Matilde Poggi founded the winery with her inaugural 1984 vintage. Previously, her father had been selling their grapes to his brother who had his own winery. Le Fraghe in dialect means fragole or strawberries which are found among her vineyards. The soil at Bardolino is a glacial schist leftover from the glaciers that carved out lake Garda and helps to imbue a nice base of minerality to the wines. Poggi has been working organically since 2009. The heart and soul of her production are the Bardolino Classico and Bardolino Chiaretto (Rosato), both made from Corvina and Rondinella. Although both of these grapes are also grown in nearby Valpolicella, the style here is completely different and built on elegance rather than the powerful rich fruit of its neighbor.