More information on Oltrepò Pavese

The territory of Oltrepò Pavese is a destination that is rapidly gaining popularity among wine travelers in Italy and offers a multitude of experiences, wine tastings and various wineries to visit. This area, delimited by the Piedmontese hills to the west, the Ligurian Apennine to the south and the Emilian hills to the east, is characterized by green hills dotted with vineyards, enchanting little villages and rich biodiversity.

During your wine tastings in Oltrepò Pavese, you will have the chance to taste many of the various high-quality wines produced in the area. Located on the right bank of river Po’, Oltrepò Pavese is the third wine-producing area in Lombardy for importance. Its winemaking area consists of 13,5 thousand hectares of vineyards, where different grape varieties are grown. This area boasts 36 DOC appellations, such as Pinot Grigio dell’Oltrepò Pavese, Pinot Nero dell’Oltrepò Pavese and Bonarda dell’Oltrepò Pavese to name a few. Oltrepò Pavese boasts as well one DOCG appellation, Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico.

Which food to taste in Oltrepò Pavese?

Oltrepò Pavese doesn’t only offer a great selection of wines, but also a wide variety of traditional dishes and artisanal products to taste between a winery visit and the other. Some of the territory’s excellencies you shouldn’t miss out on are risotto with Carnaroli rice, torta di Zucca Berrettina, codfish with onions and raisins, Salame di Varzi DOP, Agnolotti d’Oltrepò, polenta di mosto.

Which wines to taste in Oltrepò Pavese?

The wide selection of wines produced in Oltrepò Pavese is only possible thanks to the many varieties of vines found in the area. Throughout your winery visits in Oltrepò Pavese, you will come across several grape types. The most widespread black grape varieties across the territory are Barbera, Craotina Nera, Uva Rara, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Nero. The most widespread white grape varieties are instead Riesling, Moscato, Malvasia and Cortese.

Which is the best season to visit Oltrepò Pavese?

Oltrepò Pavese is a great destination if you want to spend a weekend exploring villages, castles and visiting different wineries. Thanks to the many activities offered in the area, Oltrepò Pavese is special in every season. Visiting during spring will allow you to enjoy the surrounding nature while in full bloom, while in autumn the grapes are harvested and the landscape is tinged with warm colors.

What things to do in Oltrepò Pavese?

Apart from the many wineries that can be visited and various experiences such as wine tastings that are offered in the area, Oltrepò Pavese’s territory is filled with historical sites and lovely rural villages to visit. During your time here we recommend passing by Fortunago, Zavattarello and its Castle, Montalto Pavese, Varzi, Tassara’s Castle, Oramala’s Castle.