The terrain at Arceno climbs from 300 meters (1,000 feet) to more than 500 meters (1,750 feet) above sea level, creating 10 distinct mesoclimates. The vineyards predominantly face southwest, which protects the vines from the colder north wind and gives them the full use of the sun’s rays throughout the day. Arceno enjoys a remarkable diversity of soils including clay, sandstone, basalt and hard schist. They range from sediment-based near the riverbanks to extremely rocky in the higher elevations. These stony soils have good drainage, hold nutrients for the vines, and give them some extra time to ripen each day by releasing heat back up into the vineyards in the evening.
Our Mediterranean climate is shaped by the warm winds from the south and the cool breezes that flow down from the mountains in the north.