Oltrepò Pavese Wines: A Guide to the Region's Great Wines

Feb 07, 2022

Oltrepò Pavese represents the third most important wine area of Lombardy region.

Where is Oltrepo located?

The Oltrepò Pavese is the southernmost tip of Lombardy, located in the province of Pavia, south of the river Po and wedged between Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and the Ligurian Apennines. 

The Oltrepò Pavese is a hilly area covered with vineyards. Some of the vineyards climb up the hills and in a vertical position. 

The hillsides of this precious triangle of land rise up to 1,700 metres above sea level. They are the beginning of the first Apennines, while the more rounded ridges are in the eastern area towards Piacenza.

3 things to see in the Oltrepò

  1. Zavaterello Castle 
  2. The village of Romagnese
  3. Mount Lesima

Oltrepò Pavese: wines

Viticulture in the Oltrepò Pavese dates back to ancient times: "A good wine, hospitable people and very large wooden barrels", as the Greek historian Strabone described this territory in 40 BC. 

The Oltrepò Pavese is recognised as the most important Italian Pinot Noir vineyard, with 3,000 hectares of vines that inevitably influence the economy of the area, providing excellent wines.

We are in the 45th parallel North, the famous "wine parallel" that runs through the most suitable areas for viticulture,

The vines of the Oltrepò

The most cultivated vines are Croatina, Barbera, Pinot Nero, Riesling, Moscato.

Classic method

The Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico is one of the great Italian sparkling wines vinified with Metodo Classico, dating back to 1970 as a type of DOC Oltrepò Pavese.


Bonarda is the result of a blend of Croatina, Barbera, Ughetta/Vespolina and Uva Rara grapes.

Sangue di Giuda

Sangue di Giuda is the result of blending Barbera, Croatina, Uva Rara, Ughetta (Vespolina) and Pinot Nero grapes.

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