The Valtènesi constitutes the last outpost of the Mediterranean in the heart of northern Europe. This area displays, in fact, a unique local climate, one conditioned by Italy’s largest lake, and the northernmost area where the olive tree, capers, and citrus trees still grow and flourish. Optimal viticultural conditions are historically the result of the local soils as well; although derived from different geological formations, they are predominantly from alluvial and morainic deposits, lying atop largely limestone soils.
The DOC designation Valtènesi won official approval in 2011; it had an important objective: to give its wines the name of the growing area that yielded them.
This was, yes, a new development, but at the same time a viticultural development vaunting a rich tradition boasting already-historical denominations: Garda Classico, Benaco Bresciano IGT, … and others small DOC, all of them expressions and interpretations of a winegrowing area with few peers.
Groppello is the viticultural jewel of the Valtènesi. So-named because its close-packed berries can resemble clumps or knots (groppi), it is a delicate grape with noble characteristics. It is also quite rare, since its vineyards number a scarce 400 hectares, grown right here on the Brescia side of Lago di Garda. Only here, rooted in its chosen terroir, is this grape capable of developing to the fullest its distinctive characteristics of elegance and cellarability.
Two sub-varieties of groppello are cultivated, gentile and mocasina, both acclimatised to this area’s individual soil and weather conditions. Both make Groppello wine the very soul of the Valtènesi DOC.