Visiting Lake Garda - Al Fresco Holidays
The regions surrounding Lake Garda are a food and wine lovers paradise, there are vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. You can drive or cycle around the country roads easily and stop in to taste the wine at many of these wine producers. Just outside Bardolino you will find the Wine Museum which is free to enter and you can taste the wines along with other local produce, after being given a tour of the museum and seeing how your wine is made. There is also an Olive Oil Museum in Cisano.
The area that lies beyond Lazise and Bardolino has loads of ‘Agriturismo’ restaurants where you can go for an evening meal. You will be given a choice of 2-3 Appetisers, Pasta and Main dishes, these are using fresh ingredients that are in season at the time. When we ate in one recently near Cola di Lazise they had Duck and Rabbit on the menu that had been shot nearby. Your meal will be accompanied with a bottle of the ‘house’ (literally produced in house) wine and can be followed with a choice of delicious homemade desserts. It truly is an experience where you will be able to hear the cows mooing in the shed opposite as you are sat in the yard of someone’s farm house, and for all of this you shouldn’t expect to pay any more than in one of the many restaurants in the towns and villages around the lake.
Something else that we don’t get to experience too much at home is being able to buy fresh fruit from the producers right at the side of the road. Here at Lake Garda, you will see signs every few hundred yards advertising peaches, nectarines, apples, plums, you name it they grow it here. This is the freshest fruit you will ever have, the peaches are the size of grapefruits and so juicy!!