Valcalepio is a hilly area that lies in the western part of the Province of Bergamo, on the downriver right bank of the Oglio. However, in vine-growing terms, the Valcalepio comprisesa much larger area, starting from Lake Iseo and ending near Lake Como, a stretch of land extending for a length of 60 km, although never wider than 5-6 km.
It therefore takes in the last foothills of the Orobic Prealps and, from a geological point of view, it can be divided into two distinct areas on the basis of soil characteristics: from the hill belt east of Bergamo as far as Lake Iseo the soils are clayey and calcareous, while in the area northwest of Bergamo the soils are siliceous and clayey. The DOC wine of this area is made from grapes grown in vineyards covering 300 hectares at altitudes up to 600 m asl.
Along the way, visitors may admire the Abbey of Sant’Egidio at Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, the Abbey of Pontida and the splendid Church of San Tomè at Almenno San Salvatore.
The second itinerary, starts in Bergamo and finishes in Grumello del Monte. This itinerary includes visits to the city of Bergamo, the Abbey of San Paolo D’Argon, the Oratory of Santa Barbara (inside Villa Suardi, at Trescore Balneario), frescoed by Lorenzo Lotto, and several castles that belonged to the family of the condottiero Bartolomeo Colleoni.
The third itinerary, called Il Lago, unwinds from the Grumello del Monte exit on the A4 motorway towards Sarnico on Lake Iseo, returning back via a different route and taking in the fifteenth-century Castel de’ Conti at Castelli Calepio.
The first (red route) called the Conventions starts at the motorway exit of Capriate S. Gervasio and ends in Bergamo; along its route you can admire the Abbey of San Egidio under the Mount of John XXIII, the Pontida Abbey and the splendid San Tomé church in Almenno San Salvatore.
The second path, (blue path), the Heart of the Valcalepio, starts from Bergamo to finish in Grumello del Monte. Inside you can admire, the Abbey of Saint Paul d'Argon, the Chapel of Santa Barbara, frescoed by Lorenzo Lotto.
The third path (green path) called the Lago, is probed by the motorway exit of Grumello del Monte to return after having touched Lake Iseo in Sarnico and encountered the fifteenth century Castel dei Conti in Castelli Calepio.