The Valtènesi area
The Valtènesi extends from north to south between the towns of Desenzano and Salò, in the heart of the morainic amphitheatre on the Brescia shore of Lake Garda.
This is an area with a unique microclimate, influenced by Italy’s largest lake.
It comprises two areas once called: “Riviera dei Castelli” and “Riviera dei Limoni” due to the presence of 7 medieval castles and to the fact that it includes the northernmost point in the world where citrus fruits are grown.
20 km of coastline exposed to the rising sun and facing 370 square kilometres of water, the winter temperature of which never drops below 7°C and which has a very slow 28-year turnover rate. A land blessed by 3,000 hours of sunshine a year with refreshing morning and evening breezes which maintain a balance of natural elements and make this prodigious climatic area called “sub-Mediterranean” truly unique.
Light soils of glacial origin, unique in terms of biodiversity – 67 different types altogether that give our wines full flavour, harmony and aromatic complexity.
In 1896, Moniga was the starting point of “Rosé vinification” in Italy. In just a few years, 12 wineries were established along with a lifestyle dedicated to the promotion and defence of this magic area: a land created to teach human beings how to enjoy the best things in life.
Lake Garda is of glacial origin. It is part of that large climatic area comprising, to the north, the first alpine valleys and has a temperate-continental climate, locally considerably mitigated by the mass of water.
Rainfall is well distributed. The summer season is sometimes interrupted by violent storms, subsequently contrasted by plenty of fresh wind from the north and mild ones from the south, many of which are periodical or even daily.
In winter, temperatures are less rigid compared to surrounding areas and rarely fall below zero.