- Food & Wine
Oltrepò Pavese, a Land of Wine and Riches
From a wine point of view the quality and special features of Oltrepò Pavese wine stand out in Italy. The Oltrepò hills are the third largest quality winemaking area in Italy in terms of both hectares of vines registered with the Albo Vigneti (Vineyard Register) after Chianti and Astigiano and hectolitres produced (source: Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò) and Lombardy's largest wine area with 63% cultivated to vine making 55% of the entire region's wine.
Thus with a total of 13,000 hectares of vines enveloping the Oltrepò hills visitors can admire uninterrupted vines, villages and towns in a landscape suffused with the centuries' long winemaking art of these lands with breathtaking views and medieval castles and hermitages, centuries' old churches and traces of local rural and religious history.
The Oltrepò magic takes your breath away with unexpected and pleasant surprises around every bend in the road satisfying the demands of modern wine tourists looking not simply for great wines and local products but also the landscape - both environmental and cultural - in the widest sense which together constitutes the soul and deep roots of the land.
AttachmentsScarica Buono a sapersi capitolo Vino edito dalla CCIAA di Pavia
What is Oltrepò Pavese? It is the extreme point of the region of Lombardy, in the Province of Pavia, lying south of the river Po. It is roughly triangular in shape, like a kind of compact grape bunch attached to a cane, represented by the great river. The base part of this “bunch” is flat land and therefore discarded as being unsuitable for vine growing, as is the top part because it is excessively mountainous. All of the remaining central part is the undisputed hilly kingdom, with sometimes gentle but often steep slopes, that is Oltrepò’s winemaking area: a land where man has grown vines and made wine since the dawn of time. The 13,500 hectares of vineyards make Oltrepò Pavese one of the most Italy’s largest appellation. In this infinite sea of vineyards there are several different varieties but the unquestioned prince is Pinot Noir: with a surface area of about 3,000 hectares it is the largest area in Italy dedicated to this variety.
(source: Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò)