The Morainic Hills are a chain of soft slopes stretching from Lake Garda to the outskirts of Mantua along the course of the Mincio River. Famous even in mediaeval times, these were the wines that the Gonzaga rulers of Mantua ordered for the court. In 1535, a letter written by the renowned Isabella d’Este, a great patron of the arts during the Renaissance, the lady spoke of “the rarest and most perfect grapes” and “fine wines brought out in silver goblets”. The Morainic Hills have a range of calcareous, red soil, vineyard sites with deep gravel and good drainage. Variations in altitude and exposition, even by just a few hundred meters, make certain areas better for white wines and others better for red. Their proximity to Lake Garda makes for a mild climate all year round. Natural temperature variations mean the grapes ripen with good acidity and delightful aromas. The locality gives them unmistakable characteristics with excellent sapidity and a typical streak of minerality. This hillside region is famous for white and red full-bodied still wines and excellent dessert wines with denomination of origin D.C.O. (denomination of controlled origin) and T.G.I. (typical geographical indication), as well as the more recent evolution of the prestigious “metodo classico” sparkling wines.