This month for our theme for our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group (#ItalianFWT) is hosted by Susannah of Communications as she takes us to the Pavese wine appellation in Lombardy. When one thinks of the great wine regions of I’m sure the Lombardy wine region isn’t the first that comes to mind. If you’re a fan of pinot noir the Pavese is a region that one must seek out as it hosts one of the largest areas under vine for Pinot Nero.
|Map of Lombardy wine region ~ copyright of Federdoc|
The Area ~ Oltrepo Pavese
The Pavese is located along the 45th parallel where you also find the great wine regions of the world producing Pinot Noir including Burgundy and Oregon. It’s influenced by the Mediterranean climate of the Ligurian Sea to its south and the continental climate of the Po River and mountains in Piedmont. There are over 32,000 acres under vine with over 160 producers and 1,300 growers.
Outside of Italy, the Pavese is also the third largest area for Pinot Nero in Europe after Champagne and Burgundy. It has been growing there since the 1800’s. The wine produced in the Pavese occupies 60% of Lombardy’s total wine production, but almost half of it is kept within Italy. Its primary grapes found throughout the area are Pinot Nero, Riesling, and that may be blended with some other native varietals.
The Winery ~ Ca’ Di
The Ca’ Di winery is the local dialect for Casa Ferrari, named after the small hamlet where it is located near . The winery was founded back in 1905 by the great grandfather, Giovanni Bellani, of today’s 3rd generation family member that runs the winery today, Luca, along with the assistance of his brother Matteo. The winery is set in the hillsides receiving mild winters with warm and windy summer temperatures.
|Luca Bellani ~ copyright of Ca' Di Frara|
There are a few types of soils where the grapes of Ca’ Di are grown. Those grown in the area are high in clay, which assist with color and deeper aromas and flavors. This is where their Pinot Nero, and Barbera are grown. In the Oliva the soils are comprised of chalk and limestone where their Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Pinot Nero for their sparkling wines are grown.
|Ca' Di Frara ~ copyright of Ca' Di Frara|
The 2018 Ca’ Di Pinot Nero dell’ Pavese DOC wine is made from 100% Pinot Nero. The general Pavese DOC was established in 1970 until there was a further breakdown of other specific varietals in later years including the Pinot Nero dell’ Pavese DOC in 2010. Wines from this DOC require at least 95% Pinot Nero. The wine spends 12 months in barrique with an additional 12 months in the bottle. The wine was deep ruby colored in the glass with garnet hues. A fresh bouquet of ripe raspberries on the nose with a hint of cocoa. This Pinot Nero was different than what I’ve typically been used to when it comes to pinot noir as I found it quite earthy. I was surprised by some of the firm tannin on this wine up front with lingering acidity in the back showing notes of raspberry and cherry. ABV 13.5%
I also have a sparkling wine from this area that I received to sample, but due to getting sick this week I’ll will have to delay in trying it until I’m back to normal.
Join us for a live chat on Twitter this Saturday at #ItalianFWT @ 11:00 am EST. In the meantime join my fellow Italian food and wine lovers as they take you through their journey to the Pavese. Have a great weekend!
- Payal of Keep the Peas shares “Just Now Discovering Oltrepò Pavese
- Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla adds Second Pours of Oltrepò Pavese Wines with Braised Short Ribs and Puff Pastry”
- Linda from My Full Wineglass brings “Flying under the radar with an Oltrepò Pavese sparkling rosé”
- Terri from My Good Life dishes about “Stone Crabs with Oltrepò Pavese.”
- Martin from Enofylz showcases “A Taste Of The Unsung Wines of Oltrepò Pavese”
- Deanna from Winevore posts “Wine for the Priest! from Oltrepo Pavese, Italy”
- Jeff from Food Wine Click! waxes about the “Surprising Wines of Oltrepò Pavese”
- Rupal from Syrah Queen post “Oltrepò Pavese Wines -One of Italy’s Best Kept Secret”
- Gwendolyn from Wine Predator showcases “2 Pinot Nero from Oltrepo’ Pavese #ItalianFWT”
- David from Cooking Chat reflects on “Tasting and Pairing with Oltrepo’ Pavese Wines”
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm checks out “Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna paired with Oltrepo Pavese Wine”
- Liz from What’s In that Bottle suggests we “Check Out “the Other Side of the Pó” for Tasty Italian Wines “
- Lisa from The Wine Chef writes “Off The Beaten Path: Oltrepò Pavese, A Wine Region to Know About.”
- Susannah from Avvinare, writes about “Wine Treasures To Be Found in Oltrepò Pavese.'”