Oltrepò Pavese Wine


Oltrepo Pavese, which means “Pavia across the Po,” is a region in Lombardy, in northern Italy. Its proximity along the Po river and the city of Milan has made its wines prime products for trade, with production dating back to ancient times. It is considered the most traditional in terms of production and styles in all of Lombardy, having been ruled for centuries by the French house of Savoy. 
The vineyards lie between the provinces of Alessandria, Genoa and Piacenza, with the Apennines as a backdrop. The cool climate region makes it the perfect location for growing Pinot Nero (Noir), which is produced plentifully in rosso, rosato and sparkling wines. This varietal, along with Barbera, Croatina and Uva Rara (Bonarda) are used to produce blends including Sangue di Guida (“Judas’ Blood”). This is an off dry, lightly sparkling wine reputed to be an aphrodisiac, which naturally provoked the local clergy to refer to it as “naughty wine.” (You Read more »

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  • Bonarda

    History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s ...

  • Pinot Nero

    Pinot Noir synonym, especially in Italy. See Pinot Noir.

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Azienda Agricola Martilde

    First of all, it is the two of us who take care directly of Martilde and we were not born here or...

  • Le Fracce

    The wine-making tradition in the Oltrepò Pavese area dates back to the year 1000 B.C. and our res...

  • Martilde

    Or else, who we are, where we come from and where we are going. First of all, it is the two of u...

  • Azienda Agricola San Giorgio

    The ancient history linked to Podere San Giorgio is witnessed by a 1500 tower and a cellar of the...

  • Mazzolino

    It’s taken twenty-five harvests and lots of passion for a dream to come true: to produce a great...

  • Conte Vistarino

    Covering 826 hectares, mostly in the district of Rocca de'Giorgi, the Giorgi di Vistarino estate ...

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