The Oltrepo Pavese is an area of the Province of Pavia, located in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, 40 minutes from Milan. The Oltrepo Pavese region is a hidden gem that is often overshadowed by more well-known Italian wine regions such as Tuscany and Piedmont when it comes to wine. However, this region has a lot to offer and is home to some of Italy’s most beautiful and delicious wines.
The Oltrepo Pavese region is located in the heart of the Po Valley and is known for its rolling hills and beautiful countryside. The region is home to a number of small, family-owned wineries that produce some of Italy’s most sought-after wines. The most famous of these wines is the sparkling wine Brut, which is made using the traditional Champagne method. The Classic Method for Oltrepo Pavese DOCG Wines is a minimum of 70% Pinot Noir then Chardonnay and grey Pinot up to 30%. When the word Pinot appears on the label the wine has no less than 85% Pinot Noir.
In addition to its sparkling wines, the Oltrepo Pavese region is also known for its red wines, which are made using a variety of grapes, including Barbera, Croatina, and Pinot Nero (Noir). These wines are known for their intense flavors and robust tannins and are often paired with hearty Italian dishes such as risotto and braised meats.
The soil in the region is composed of ancient rocks called Terra Rossa. The Terra Rossa brings rich humus and clay to the soil for the vines. The soil also contains a lot of iron which intensifies the red color in the grapes. The climate is Mediterranean, with warm summers and mild winters.
If you are thinking of traveling to the region, many of the wineries offer tours and tastings and are happy to welcome visitors who are interested in learning more about their wines. In addition to visiting wineries, there are also several other activities to enjoy in the Oltrepo Pavese region, such as hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful countryside.
Here are some wines to seek out.
Francesco Quaquarini, Sangue di Giuda dell Oltrepio Pavese 2021 – This is a low alcohol wine clocking in at 6%. It’s a blend of 25% Barbara, 65% Croatina and 10% Ughetta di Canneto. It’s a sweet red wine that is frizzante. A bit sparkling. With notes of cherries, olives and some floral notes.
Travaglino Pinot Nero dell Oltrepo Pavese 2021 – Nice garnet in color with aromas of red raspberry. Leads to a light palate of red fruit and baking spices that explode on the finish and then dissipates quickly
Campo Dottore Riesling Mon Carul Oltrepo Pavese 2020 – Nice petrol notes on the nose along with some floral notes. You can taste hints of the petrol on the palate with some lemon notes and white nectarines. It’s soft with a tinge of acidity on the finish.
Gua Rini Cera Unq Volta La Bonarda Frizzante Oltrepo Pavese – Hints of wood and dark fruit on the nose. Leads to a palate of dark cherry, black raspberry with a touch of fruitiness. It’s light and refreshing.