The predominant feature of the economy of this small municipality is agriculture, more specifically viticulture. From its vineyards they hide fine wines: in fact, we find ourselves in an area strongly suited to the cultivation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Muscat.
Zavattarello is a small medieval village of the Oltrepò Pavese in Alta Val Tidone dominated by the Dal Verme Castle, surrounded by unspoiled nature, where peace and serenity reign. Here, time seems a different category from the rest of the world: tradition and modernity blend, coexist and blend in a harmonious balance.
Located at the center of the Staffora Valley, its origins are probably Ligurian. Known since 993, when it was the possession of the Abbey of San Colombano di Bobbio, near Varzi stood the ancient parish church of San Germano. Like the rest of the valley, it fell under the power of the Malaspina, who had regular investiture in 1164. The country began to develop thanks to the traffics of merchants who, along the salt road, from the plains went up the valley to reach the Ligurian coast through the steps of the Pénice, Brallo and Giovà.
The construction of the hermitage was initiated by the same St. Albert, perhaps of the Malaspina family, who in 1030 went to live in solitude in the nearby valley of Borrione, where there is still a small chapel dedicated to him. Having miraculously healed a mute son of the Marquis of Casasco (Malaspina), these as a sign of gratitude built him a Romanesque church dedicated to the Madonna in which St. Albert and his hermit followers could celebrate the Divine Office. Constituted in community, the hermits built the monastery of which there is currently a wing: the so-called cloister and the well.