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Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico

DOCG area for sparkling wines in the Italian region of Lombardy. The DOC status, which has existed since 1970, was highly classified in 2007. The zone includes hilly areas of Oltrepò Pavese in the municipalities of Borgo Priolo, Borgoratto Mormorolo, Bosnasco, Calvignano, Canevino, Canneto Pavese, Castana, Cecima, Godiasco, Golferenzo, Lirio, Montalto Pavese, Montecalvo Versiggia, Montescano, Montù Beccaria, Mornico Losana, Oliva Gessi, Pietra de' Giorgi, Rocca de' Giorgi, Rocca Susella, Rovescala, Ruino, San Damiano al Colle, Santa Maria della Versa, Torrazza Coste, Volpara, Zenevredo e in parte di Broni, Casteggio, Cigognola, Codevilla, Corvino San Quirico, Fortunago, Montebello della Battaglia, Montesegale, Ponte Nizza, Redavalle, Retorbido, Rivanazzano, Santa Giuletta, Stradella and Torricella Verzate in the province of Pavia.

The sparkling wine is produced by means of metodo classico(bottle fermentation). The term Spumante was deliberately avoided to emphasize the classical method. On the label the term Classese (an artificial word made up of Classico and Pavese) often appears. It must be aged on the lees for at least 15 months, a millesimato (vintage wine) 24 months

The Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico is produced from Pinot Nero = Pinot Noir (zum. 70%); as well as any use of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio = Pinot Gris and Pinot Bianco = Pinot Blanc (max. 30%). There is a white wine version and an Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Rosé. The rosé can be produced under the name Cruasé (dialectal expression for rosé).

The two types of wine Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot Nero(blanc de noirs) and Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot Nero Rosé (rosé) are produced from Pinot Nero (85%); as well as any use of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco (max. 15%).

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