The end of September is about to begin with ... tasting and discover Oltrepò Pavese, a series of high-level meetings and tastings that will bring a large number of professional sommeliers, journalists and trendsetters from the world of wine to the area, committed to learning more about the present of Denomination of Origin wine, for the promotion and future of this divine heritage of Lombardy and Italy. From Saturday 25 to Thursday 30, the Oltrepò Pavese will be the scene of events, tours, tastings and in-depth analysis related to a production of excellence of Made in Italy.

It starts on Saturday 25 September, in Montalto Paese, with the tasting of Pinot nero for AIS Lombardy, 86 professional sommeliers will be engaged in a blind tasting for the Guide Vitae and Wines Plus Lombardy, Monday, September 27, instead, in 'in the Old Estate Pegazzera in Casteggio is staged thanks to the contribution of Regione Lombardia Oltrepò - Land of Pinot Nero: a territory, a vine, two excellences.

From Sunday 26th, thanks to the contribution of Gal Oltrepò Pavese, a group of international wine journalists will be guided by the Director of Consorzio Carlo Veronese to discover a Divine Territory. In the rich programme of meetings and promotions, an important focus will be dedicated to Pinot nero, king of the Oltrepò Pavese DOCGs, the DOCG that is giving great satisfaction to this land of wine, with its Oltrepò Pavese metodo classico DOCG, also in the Rosé version, and Cruasé, which is increasingly accredited on a national and international level, and with Pinot nero Oltrepò Pavese DOC (red). As the world's third largest production area of Pinot nero, Oltrepò Pavese is preparing to celebrate one of its most important wine products at the highest level in this final September 2021, while the promotion coordinated by Consorzio Tutela in the States is still going strong with the agreement with Eataly New York (OCM Usa project).

THE VITAE AND VINIPLUS GUIDE - On Saturday 25 September 2021, a very targeted technical tasting, organised by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese for AIS Lombardy, will see 84 sommelier tasters - professionals, concentrated in the tasting of 4 batteries of Pinot nero, one of Metodo Classico Bianco DOCG, one of Rosé / Cruasé DOCG and 2 of Pinot nero Doc (in red). The professional tasters will have an in-depth sampling of classic method bubbles and a selection of reds chosen according to the terrain and the different hillside areas offered.

The tasting isstrictly blind and reserved exclusively for tasters of the Guida Vitae e Vini Plus di Lombardia and will be held at the agriturismo la Colombina di Doria - Montalto Pavese. At the speakers' table, with the director of Consorzio Carlo Veronese, the president of Ais Lombardia Hosam Eldin Abou Eleyoun, with Sebastiano Baldinu and Luigi Bortolotti, managers and editors of the Guida Vini Vitae e Vini Plus for Ais Lombardia, Mario Maffi oenologist and historian of Oltrepò Pavese, Miriam Prencisvalle (Ais Pavia) and two Ais sommeliers awarded among the best in Italy. The tasting will be coordinated by sommelier Gaia Servidio.

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DISCOVER AUTUMN IN OLTREPO' PAVESE - On Sunday 26th and Monday 27th a group of international journalists from Poland, Holland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Portugal and Spain will arrive in Oltrepò Pavese for an Educ Tour to discover a land of wine, with visits to wine cellars and food and wine tastings to raise awareness and promote our Denominations and products of excellence as well as the new tourist hospitality.

INCASTEGGIO: OLTREPÒ - TERRA DI PINOT NERO | Monday 27 September sees the staging of the event Oltrepò - Terra di Pinot Nero: a territory, a vine, two excellences, at the Antica Tenuta Pegazzera in Casteggio in the province of Pavia. Twenty wineries are taking part in the event and will be offering their labels to journalists and trade operators during a walk around tasting. The wineries' wines will also be presented in two themed masterclasses, respectively on Pinot Nero Metodo Classico, conducted by Alessandra Piubello, and on Pinot Nero vinified in red, conducted by Filippo Bartolotta, two expert and authoritative wine communicators.

It is a great honour to meet all these experts from the world of wine in the area for the promotion of the Oltrepò Pavese Denominations. There is alot of enthusiasm for these multi-day meetings and focus involving a wide range of producers, wineries, excellences, catering professionals, the world of viticulture and hospitality, says Carlo Veronese, director of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese.

Carlo Veronese Director of Consorzio Tutela Vini OP

I havenot been here in Oltrepò Pavese for many years," concludes Veronese, " but I believe, without fear of contradiction, that there has never been a concentration of experts interested in evaluating and enhancing the fruit of the work of a land that makes excellent wines, and not just yesterday. What's more, it is also interesting because of the time of year, before the big international events (Milan, Verona, Merano...). Some time ago it was said that this cluster of Lombardy, which accounts for almost 65% of Lombardy's wine production, had fallen a little off the radar of communication and selected tasters, today it is said and seen to be quite the opposite. Everything contributes to raising the bar of the value of the fruit of this work that the territory is doing and deserves proper recognition.

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