The Valtenesi stretches languidly between Desenzano and Salò, its rolling hills etched with vine trellises and flecked with olive groves. The main lake road heads inland, allowing for gentle explorations of an array of wineries and small towns, including Padenghe sul Garda, Moniga del Garda, Manerba del Garda and San Felice del Benaco.
The area also constitutes the Garda Classico DOC wine region, its vineyards producing the light, rose-coloured Chiaretto, the rare, autochthonous Groppello and the full-bodied Rosso Superiore. Olives also thrive here and you can sample the light, spicy oils at many wineries and agriturismi (farmstay accommodation). The tourist office in Desenzano stocks the best information on the region.