Oltrepo Pavese DOC ITALIAN Wine Region
This area is typical of the small zones referred to in the introduction to Italian wines. The small nominated area produces about 20 different types of Italian wine from a similar number of grape varieties. The name indicates that this area of some 40 small communities lies 'over the Po, in Pavia'. The vines grow on gently sloping hills in the south of the province. Oltrepo Pavese wines can be white, rose, red, and sparkling.
OLTREPO PAVESE ROSSO ITALIAN WINE
This ruby red Italian wine is highly aromatic, full bodied, and sometimes high in tannin. In youth it often has a hint of carbonic acid to tingle the tongue. Made with Barbera, Croatina, and several other types of grape, including Pinot Nero. Drink this Italian wine at 50-57.2°F (10- 14°C) .
Riserva has a hint of orange colour and is higher in alcohol with greater depth. Drink Riserva Italian wine at 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C ).
OLTREPO PAVESE ROSATO ITALIAN WINE
Prom the same grapes as the red, this Italian wine has an attractive pale cherry colour, mild taste but slight tingle. Drink this Oltrepo Italian wine at 50-57.2°F (10- 14°C) .
OLTREPO PAVESE BUTTAFUOCO ITALIAN WINE
Also from the same grapes as the red, it is dry, full in flavour and rounded a slight tingle. There is also a lightly sparkling (frizzante). Drink this Oltrepo Pavese Italian wine at 50-57.2°F (10- 14°C) .
OLTREPO PAVESE SANGUE DI GIUOA ITALIAN WINE
A ruby red from the same grapes as the ordinary rosso but slightly sweet and with a post-fermentation tingle. The taste is full of flavour and pleasant. Drink this Italian wine at 50- 53.6°F (10-12°C).
OLTREPO PAVESE SPUMANTE ITALIAN WINE
Bianco or rosato, the best of these is made by the metodo classico using at least 70% Pinot Nero, (minimum 70%), and a maximum of 30% Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Bianco. A very fresh and juicy wine with much fruit that is elegant. Drink this Italian wine at 42.8-46.4°F (6- 8°C).