One of the probably least known, but very conveniently located wine regions in Italy is Oltrepo Pavese. It is Europe’s third largest growing region of Pinot Noir after Champagne and Burgundy and is located only one hour south of Milan. The region boasts with breathtaking views over vineyards, the Po river valley and the Swiss Alps, and impresses with an authentic delicious cuisine and many great Pinot Noir based wines in form of reds and Metodo Classico sparkling wines. Oltrepo is the “realm” of Pinot Noir, with over 3 thousand hectares under vines making it the biggest by extension in Italy.
Travaglino winery in Oltrepo, not to be mistaken with Travaglini in Gattinara, is another gem of a wine Estate.
Its history dates back to the 1100s when the winery wasn’t a winery, but a monastery. In 1868 the monastery was acquired and transferred in a 53-acre Estate, which then in 1968 became a winery.
Needless to say, that so much history is being reflected in the cellars and the facilities of the winery, that was equipped with new technologies in the 1990s.
Today the Estate includes the impressive size of 200 hectares of forest, 120 hectares of farmland and 80 hectares of vineyards. The wine production however is relatively small, as the focus is on biological farming and high-end wines with a domination on Pinot Noirs, vinified in red, white and sparkling.
Our favorites are:
Travaglino Poggio della Buttinera, 100% Pinot Noir, 12 months in French oak
Travaglino Pernero, 100% Pinot Noir, stainless steel aging only
Travaglino Monteceresino Rosé Extra Brut, 24 months on lees

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