It was 1958 when some of the best wine growers located around the south-east of Lake Garda decided to join forces and create a cooperative in order to increase the value and awareness of the local wine production.
Today, the 250 plus members of the Cantina di Castelnuovo del Garda own and manage more than 1100 hectares of vineyards, all situated in the picturesque and hilly region to the South and East of Lake Garda. This area is made up of the DOC wines Bardolino, Custoza, Lugana, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and incorporates the towns and villages of Castelnuovo del Garda, Sandrà, Sona, San Giorgio in Salici, Palazzolo, Peschiera, Sommacampagna, Cavalcaselle, Colà, Lazise and Bardolino.
All the processes from the pressing of the grapes, vinification, ageing, etc. to eventual bottling are all carefully undertaken in the cantina, a property which now covers more than 20,000 square metres.
The town of Castelnuovo del Garda is situated on the morainic hills that slope towards the southern shores of Lake Garda. An ancient town close to verona, approximately 100 metres above sea level. In ancient times the town was home to "Umbri", shepherds devoted to the land and to weaving, and was also a transit stop for many populations, most notably Romans, who already in the 2nd Century AC constructed the first brickwork, a guard tower on the Monte Alto hill. This hill was destroyed in 1154 during the war with the "Barbarossa" and then was re-built as a small fortress under the name of "Castrum Novum", form which the actual denomination is derived.