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.
Tenuta Mazzolino is another Oltrepo winery in the hands of a very capable woman, Francesca Seralvo, who inherited the Estate from her father/grandfather. When speaking with Francesca her pride for running a family winery in the third generation comes immediately apparent. Respecting her grandfather’s love for Pinot Noir she continues to focus on this varietal by producing excellent reds and Metodo Classico sparkling wines.
While in the cellar Francesca, just like her father, is seeking help from consultants with Burgundy wine making experience, in the vineyard for years she is working biologically.
39 vineyard parcels are located all around the estate and the gorgeous villa, that was built in the 800s.
In 2020 the villa undertook major renovations and transformations, as today it not only holds 5 wonderful halls in the downstairs, but 12 beautiful double rooms in the two floors above with incredible views over the vineyards, the Po valley and the Swiss Alps. The Villa is not run as a hotel, but may be rented in whole for private functions.
The combination of family history and the elegant estate is also reflected in the wines.
Our favorites are:
Mazzolino Terrazze Alte, 100% Pinot Noir, aged only in steel tank
Mazzolino Noir, 100% Pinot Noir, aged 12 months in used French oak
Mazzolino Cruase Rosé Brut, 100% Pinot Noir, aging on lees for 36 months

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