Oltrepò Pavese

The Oltrepò Pavese, which means beyond the Po River and translates into an area roughly corresponding to the Pavia province, has a long tradition of excellent wine. Only recently has its' wines acquired a well-deserved recognition that goes beyond the national borders. This wine area is responsible for more than half of all wine produced in the Lombardy region as well as two thirds of its DOC designated wines. This region along the Po Valley was once a part of Piedmont but has always had Milan as its primary market.

The wine area is south from Pavia, between the towns of Voghera and Stradella and the soil is calcareous clay at the Apennine foothills reaching toward the border of Emilia.
The mild microclimate gives the vine excellent possibilities to grow.

In addition to sparkling wines, the Oltrepò Pavese also produces still red wines from the Pinot Nero, Barbera, Croatina, Uva Rara and Vespolina. There are some small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon that are starting to appear as varietal wines. The white wines of the region are made from Riesling Italico, Riesling Renano) Chardonnay, Cortese, Malvasia, Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon blanc. The Pinot Nero grape is also vinified as a white, non-sparkling wine in addition to being made as a standard red wine.
The sparkling wines of the region are made in several styles. The wines labeled Metodo Classico are made according to the Méthode Champenoise of the Champagne region. The wine is composed primarily of Pinot Nero with up to a 30% blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio. Slightly sparkling frizzante styles are made from several of the regions red and white wine grapes including the dry Buttafuoco style (the wine is released 36 months after harvest)e and the semi-sweet Sangue di Giuda both made from Croatina grapes known locally as Bonarda. The Moscato grape is also made into a frizzante style as well as liquoroso fortified wine and passito dessert wine.

  • Grapes: blend of grapes: Pinot Nero 70 %, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco max. 30 %
  • Colour: very fine, lingering perlage; pale or intense straw yellow.
  • Bouquet: profumes of of fresh fruits; pleasing savouriness and freshness on the palate.
  • Flavour: dry, harmonious and slightly crisp.
  • Aging: minimum 18 months the DOCG, Vintage 30 months
  • Alcohol: 11,5%
  • Best served with: delicious with appetizers, white meats, seawater fish, smoked seafood and seafood
  • Serving temperature: 8-10 °C