Botticino is a DOC of Lombardy in northern Italy, specializing in rosso (red) and rosso riserva wines made from a medley of local grape varieties. The DOC's wedge-shaped viticultural area sits between Lake Garda and the town of Brescia, and is one of the smaller catchments among Lombardy's DOCs.
Brescia, Rezzato and Botticino itself are the three towns covered by the title, their centers separated by less than 5 miles (8km). Above them tower the Alps's southernmost hills, an isolated outcrop of peaks which rise to over 3000ft (915m), creating a complex patchwork of terroirs below. Botticino's location between lakes Garda and Iseo adds further intrigue to the area as a vinicultural zone, as these large bodies of water help to regulate the thermal variation encouraged by the hills. Each Botticino vineyard's particular mesoclimate is largely dictated by the struggle between these two climatic influences.
The grape varieties used to make Botticino Rosso and its aged counterpart Botticino Rosso Riserva (kept back for 24 months before commercial release) are Barbera, Schiava Gentile, Marzemino and Italy's most widely planted red-wine grape, Sangiovese. This produces mid-bodied red wines with notes of dark berry fruits and a possible hint of violets.