Territory

Calco headquarters

Calco headquarters

The headquarters of Cantine Pirovano are located in the hills of Brianza in the province of Lecco, exactly in Arlate, in the municipality of Calco.The village lies in a strategic position, halfway between two important cities in Lombardy: Lecco and Bergamo, which can be reached in half an hour by car.

Calco sits on the hills bordering the river Adda, a few steps away Arlate you can visit the suggestive Natural Park Adda Nord, by walking down different paths which pass through the whole park, moreover the visitors can board the famous ferryboat designed by Leonardo, which is the last copy remained operational today.

Concerning the history of this territory, is known that Brianza underwent many dominations: the first information regarding the inhabitants of this area date back to 400 BC, when the Celts colonised first the territory; subsequently, Brianza was dominated by the ancient Romans, the Longobardi and the Franks.Starting from the 11th century AC, France, Spain and Austria alternated the hegemony over the territory until 1861, date of the Italy’s unification.

Despite today the economy of Brianza is mostly based on its advanced industrial sector, there is no lack of areas intended for agriculture, which are mainly centred in the Province of Lecco. In fact, in this hilly area, the local residents carry out the cultivation of cereals, like: barely, corn and forage for the farms of the area; but also: vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits and vines.

In this respect, wine-growing represented for many centuries one of the most important economic resources of this territory, the first documents which prove its existence goes back to the 1st century BC and the importance of such an activity remained unchanged until the second half of 1800, when the advent of phylloxera destroyed almost all of vines in this area.

Nevertheless, despite wine-growing and vinification in Brianza were activities intended for self-consumption until the last few years, recently, there was an incremental increase in the number of firms which complement the production activity with the sale of wine. This trend, which bodes well for the future of viticulture in this territory, is the result of the continuous commitment shown by the local authorities aimed at promoting the rebirth of this activity in an area which is so favourable like Brianza.