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Chiaretto 2020: 22 top Italian rosés worth seeking out

A tasting of the new 2020 vintage of Chiaretto di Bardolino highlighted some delicious examples to drink this summer (and beyond).

Chiaretto is Italy’s most popular rosé style. Officially known as Chiaretto di Bardolino, approximately 10 million bottles are produced each year from local grape varieties within the Bardolino DOC, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 22 Chiaretto rosés

This is substantially more than any other Italian rosé but thankfully there are plenty of thirsty customers eager to consume the locally-produced pink – Lake Garda typically receives 22 million visitors every year according to the official Lake Garda tourism website (visitgarda.com).

But what has happened since the outbreak of the global pandemic? Have producers been forced to sit on stocks of their Chiaretto? The short answer is no – they have benefitted from an increase in direct-to-consumer sales as well as a healthy export market.

Top Chiaretto 2020 wines:

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