The Montebaldo subzone includes those parts of the municipal territories of Affi, Caprino Veronese Cavaion Veronese, Costermano sul Garda and Rivoli Veronese that lie within the Bardolino D.O.C. zone.
It is the most inland part of the Bardolino region, towards the north of the zone, at the foot of Mount Baldo, and is characterized by higher average altitudes and the presence of peaks such as Mount Moscal and the Rocca di Rivoli. It includes the fluvio-glacial plain that separates the two morainic apparatuses of Lake Garda and of the Adige. It has more marked thermal excursions and higher rainfall.
The zone corresponds to the ancient District of Caprino and it is named Montebaldo, just as it was defined by Perez: “The foothills of Montebaldo (district of Caprino)”.
The “single-word” expression ‘Montebaldo’ was widely used in previous centuries as an alternative to ‘Monte (Mount) Baldo’. In Ciro Pollini’s “Viaggio al Lago di Garda e al Monte Baldo” (1816) we read about “Montebaldo, called with good reason the Vegetable Garden of Italy”.