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White Oltrepò Pavese (Italy)

Oltrepò Pavese is a wine district in Lombardia (Italy).

The white wine grapes cultivated here are: Riesling, Malvasia, Cortese, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato and Chardonnay.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear

Peach
Peach
Herbs
Herbs
Gooseberry
Gooseberry
White Roses
Flowers

Honey
Honey
Nuts
Nuts
Almonds
Almonds
Mineral
Minerals

Oltrepò Pavese white wines are aromatic and flowery.

Citrus. Herbs.
Apple. Pear. White Flowers.
Almonds. Hazelnuts. Honey. Mineral.

Profile

The typical Oltrepò Pavese White is dry, crisp, and moderately acidic:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITLow
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Pasta
Pasta
Vinegar
Balsamico
Antipasti
Antipasti

Crab
Seafood
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Ham
Ham

Oltrepò Pavese is best known as an Aperitif, or as a starter wine for a delicate first course.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:

Lombardian Cuisine. Riso Carnaroli Risotto.
Risotto alla Milanese. Tortelli di Zucca (Pumpkin Ravioli).
Salads. Antipasti. Fish. Light Cheese.

Cheese:
Lightly Smoked Cheese.

Italian Specialities:
Fried Chicken in Lemon Sauce.

About Oltrepò Pavese

Oltrepò Pavese is a wine district in the Province of Pavia squeezed in between 4 important wine regions such Piemonte, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia.

The river Po, the longest in Italy, is a natural border and the name Oltrepò means "on the other side of the river Po".

Located on the hills at the feet of the Ligurian Appennines, vineyards here produce red, white, rosé and sparkling wines in varying sweetness levels and they account for half of the wine production in the region of Lombardy.

Oltrepò Pavese is also called "Little Tuscany" because it reminds of beautiful Tuscany. Located a few miles from Milan, we recommend to explore it by car following Strada del Vino e dei Sapori dell’Oltrepò Pavese (about 60 km).

Oltrepò Pavese DOCG

Oltrepò Pavese has 4 DOCG wines:

All DOCG wines are sparkling, and use the same method as French Champagne.

Grapes allowed are Pinot Nero (minimum 70%), Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Bianco.

They come in all styles: Brut Nature (Zero Dosage), Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec and Demi Sec.

They must spend 15 months on the lees. The Vintage ones must age 24 months before bottling.

"Cruasé" is a local name combining Cru and Rosé.


Oltrepò Pavese DOC

Oltrepò Pavese has 7 DOC:

These wines are mainly consumed locally and they are known for massive production.


The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

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Lombardia (Lombardy)

Lombardia, in the north of Italy, is one of the richest regions in Europe.

The capital Milano is the largest metropolitan area in Italy with about 10 million inhabitants.

Lombardia is blessed with spectacular lakes: Como, Maggiore, Garda, and Iseo.

Lombardia has 5 DOCG Regions.

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