Francesco Moser in the company of Gilda Fugazza, the councillor for culture of Regione Lombardia Stefano Bruno Galli, a great fan of the Trentino champion, with the president of the Oltrepò Pavese Mountain Community Giovanni Palli, in the two-day "Dop" tasting event dell’Oltrepò Pavese also visited the small charming village of Bosmenso, "the village of salami" where Consorzio recently organized a successful masterclass, a version of Perle d'Oltrepò combined with different seasonings of the traditional cured meat.

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The Trentino champion particularly appreciated the history and the present of these hills, after visiting the Stefanago Castlea flagship winery also for its focus on biodiversity and wine sustainability, and admired the nature and simple beauty of the Borgo di Fortunago, then made a stop in Bosmenso, in Alta Valle Staffora, to learn about the history of the centuries-old salami cellars (the Varzi PDO cheese) passionately cared for by the new (curiously female) generation of the Buscone and Pochintesta families.

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Francesco Moser on the tower of Stefanago Castle with Giacomo Baruffaldi for a bird's-eye view of the magnificent Oltrepò Divino

The two-day event had a climax between cycling and literature, with the literary cycle-pedal on 10 July, an event called Oltrebici - parole in movimento ( Beyond the bike - words on the move), with three supplies of words set at the Retorbido toll booth, at Godiasco, at Ponte Nizza and then the grand finale at Varzi, after 30 km with the Hub4Bike boys acting as escort, ended with readings and... bread, salami and bonarda. You can't get more territorial and cultural than this.

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There was no lack of satisfaction, as Gilda Fugazza explained: " Moser appreciated our products with his spontaneous generosity," she said, " He enthusiastically accepted the meeting of two wine worlds. He also made us feel proud of our land. Here as elsewhere, in an Oltrepò Pavese that in the field of sparkling wine boasts a feather in its cap, due to the natural predisposition of this land for the vine (for us) that is the prince of the classic method, Pinot nero, which on our most suitable hills has for centuries now confirmed its aptitude for producing supreme wines (we used to call them Champagne!) that have a unique characteristic: the ability to withstand time.

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I had the pleasure of guiding Francesco Moser his down our hills, -
concludes Gilda Fugazza. even in areas less suited to wine but equally rich from an agricultural point of view because they are the hills of ancient grains(such as Valle Ardivestra) and I saw how carefully he studied our sustainability... natural, how he touched nature and appreciated those who take care of the land, at all stages of production. We share the same way of thinking. These are examples and guides also for young people approaching the world of viticulture and agriculture.