The area of Lake Garda has known the presence of man and wine from prehistoric times.
The oldest known man-made plough was found on the morainic hills surrounding the lake, providing evidence that, five thousand years before Christ, man was already familiar with wild vines and, most likely, wine as well.
It was however the Etruscans – in the 5th century A.D. – who introduced the cultivation of “domesticated” vines or vitis vinifera sativa to the territory of what is now known as Brescia and surrounding areas, thus replacing the wild species (vitis vinifera sylvestris). To the Etruscans we also owe one of the two names by which Lake Garda is known and still has great influence on this region: Benaco comes, in fact, from the term Beni-Aco, i.e. sons of Aco, prince of Etruria.
It is on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda, in the middle of the morainic amphitheatre to the west, between the villages of Desenzano and Salò, that Valtenesi lies in an area formed by a succession of concentric rolling hills arranged in a semicircle, among terraces that gently descend towards the lake. Valtenesi is a unique wine-producing area, in which the vineyards have forever coexisted with woodlands, olive groves and aromatic herbs.
Its origins are essentially fluvio-glacial, with a mild Mediterranean climate and warm temperatures throughout the winter months owing to the presence of Lake Garda. Therefore the grapes thrive in this particularly temperate microclimate, favoured also by the morainic soils consisting of clay and sand left behind by the glacier withdrawals. They also benefit from the ideal position and excellent exposure of most of the land.
Cantine Scolari have been located in the heart of this region, in the small town of Raffa di Puegnago, since 1929.