To reveal its treasures to the Japanese public. An unmissable Masterclass to discover its oenological excellence. The date is October 25, 2022 at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo.


Territory. In the north of Italy, on the southernmost tip of Lombardy, sandwiched between Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria, there is a wine territory to be explored: theOltrepò Pavese. Descending about 60 km south of Milan, after crossing the great Po River, begins an area shaped like a triangle, or rather, a bunch of grapes, with 4 valleys that fan out toward the river creating gentle hills and rising in some places to 1,700 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Apennines.

This is one of the largest wine-growing areas in Italy, a total of about 13,000 hectares of vineyards. The Oltrepò appellation is the third largest of all Italian appellations and produces more than 60 percent of Lombardy's wines. Wine has been made here for more than 2,000 years, as the first mention of wine from these lands dates back to 40 BC.

We are on the latitude of great wines. Oltrepò lies along the 45th parallel, which is considered the ideal latitude of the world's great wines; in fact, the parallel runs through some of the world's great wine areas: the Piedmont, the Bordeaux area, and Oregon.

Its conformation makes the territory extremely varied: a climate that goes from the marine influences of the Mediterranean Sea, which come from Liguria, to the more continental climate of Pianura Padana; soils with varying presence of limestone or clay; different exposures and temperature ranges. All this leads to a truly unique biodiversity. Areas more suited to red grape varieties alternate with those more suitable for the production of white grapes.

Suffice it to say that in 1884 Oltrepò Pavese boasted as many as 225 native grape varieties! Today there are just over 10 of the most widespread ones, with the choice to focus on the highest quality grape varieties that best express the territory, without forgetting some historical and unique varieties of the area.

Wines and grape varieties. When one thinks of Oltrepò Pavese, one immediately thinks of its classic method sparkling wines and the Pinot Nero! In fact, bubbles are the spearhead of production, since we are talking about one of the main territories in Italy for the production of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, which here is based mainly on Pinot nero. Long history and great search for quality forOltrepò Pavese DOCG Metodo Classico, with a very interesting development also in rosé version, which only here is called Cruasé, a collective brand reserved for members that identifies rosé sparkling wine from grapes Pinot nero.

But not only that. Because such a diverse territory is also expressed through the variety of its products. And so many grape varieties and many types of wine: from the famous classic method sparkling wines, to fresh or even aging white wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines, young reds and aging reds, ending with sweet wines. Nothing is lacking in Oltrepò Pavese. A generous land to discover, taste after taste.

The occasion. On Oct. 25, 2022 (Tuesday) at Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri event, which finally returns to Tokyo after three years for the presentation and tasting of Italian wines that received the highest rating of Tre Bicchieri in the 2023 edition of the Vini d'Italia guide, there will be a space dedicated only to Oltrepò Pavese.

An in-depth seminar on the territory dell’Oltrepò and its wines to be held from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
The venue is the prestigious Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo (Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo). A truly unique opportunity to get up close and personal with this fascinating entity!

The site in the Japanese version here