From Parma, where they were active in the ducal government, the Cesarini Sforza family moved to the then Bishopric of Trent, where one of its members, Count Filippo, was to become Mayor of Trento. In the predominantly agricultural economy of that era it was customary for noble families like the Cesarini Sforza to hold and cultivate productive land and, in wine-producing regions such as Trentino, maintain valuable vineyards that allowed them to produce superior wines.

Reviving this ancient legacy, in 1974 Lamberto Cesarini Sforza and a few of his friends founded the Cesarini Sforza Winery with the aim of producing superior sparkling wines that would earn recognition in Trentino and throughout the nation.

In very few years Lamberto Cesarini Sforza managed to choose a decent amount of excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Nero vineyards, personally supervising the management of the lees, the choice of grapes and the enhancement of the wine-making systems. He thus laid the foundations for the rise of Cesarini Sforza sparkling wines, which in little time succeeded in gaining a prominent position in the world of Trentino and Italian sparkling wines: in 1976 the first Cesarini Sforza sparkling wine was made, prepared according to the Classic Method; in 1985 a Classic Method Rosé was produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown on the hills of Valle di Cembra and later in 1986, thanks to continuous viticultural and oenological research, the first Riserva Aquila Reale was produced using only Chardonnay grapes grown above 500 meters.