June 02, 2019 2 min read

Oltrepò Pavese popularly known as DOC land is located in the southern part of Lombardia on the forty-fifth parallel axis. Oltrepò Pavese is one of the most famous areas producing sparkling wine in the region and has 13 wine producing areas. It is well-known for the production of large quantities of Bonarda, Riesling and Pinot Noir. 

Oltrepò Pavese comes in third place as the largest Pinot Noir producers in Italy. The first vineyards that can be found in Oltrepo are Bonarda, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero, and Riesling. Oltrepò Pavese is responsible for the significant amount of wine produced in the Lombardy region. It produces more than half of all wine in the Lombardy region.

Oltrepoò Pavese Wine Valley by Agrumia

The producers of wine in Oltrepò Pavese comply with all the specifications required for this particular area of production. Some of the factors that make this area ideal for vineyards include an excellent microclimate, balanced soil acidity, and well-drained soils. The climate allows for early ripening of grapes and high sugar content in the fruit.

Oltrepò Pavese makes an eclectic mix of sparkling wine flavours including its Pinot Nero or Pinot noir. The place also produces red wines from Croatina, Vespolina, the Pinot Nero, Barbera, and Uva Rara. Further, the region makes white wines from Moscato, Chardonnay, Cortese, Pinot Grigio, Riesling Italico, Sauvignonblanc, and Malvasia. From blending the grapes of Croatina, Barbera and Uva Rara it's obtained the world famous "Sangue Di Giuda"

Oltrepò Pavese Wines By Agrumia

The region has a comprehensive array of styles for making their sparkling wine. The techniques includefrizzante, Buttafuoco, Metodo Classico, liquoroso andpassito among others.  Oltrepo Pavese is a destination that attracts scores of tourists due to wine and a beautiful landscape. Winemaking is a significant activity in this region. The area has been cultivating wine for more than 3000 years. The business grew, and in the middle ages, Oltrepo Pavese was serving the big centres of Milan and Pavia.

Buttafuoco Storico by Agrumia

Rivers Ticino and Po were the primary means of transportation for the wine bottles and casks. Monks were in charge of the trade, and they would house the produce in the abbeys as well as convents. During the 13th century, Oltrepò was serving Milan with over 3 million litres of wine.  

Apart from the winemaking and picturesque landscape, the region has a rich historical background and culture.  However, wine growing makes a considerable portion of the region's history and culture. Oltrepò Pavese is an exciting destination with a lot going on for this region in Italy. The winemaking business grew, and today, Oltrepò Pavese is popular for it across the globe.

Francesco Amato
Francesco Amato

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