On Monday, April 3, the Oltrepò e Terre pavesi: from the territory to the table event organized by the Pavia Chamber of Commerce was held at the Multipurpose Hall of Palaexpo Lombardia, one of the events promoted by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese present at the 55th edition of Vinitaly 2023, thanks to Regione Lombardia and Unioncamere Lombardia

Oltrepò and Terre pavesi: from the territory to the table, was well attended in the tasting room at Palaexpo Lombardy, Vinitaly number 55.Conducted by Carlo Passera, journalist of Identità Golose, the masterclass brought to the forefront the peculiarities of the Pavia area through the tasting of two excellences: wine and rice.

The journey and tale of the wines of the Denominations of Oltrepò was entrusted to Carlo Veronese, director of Consorzio, who presented his excellences by offering for tasting the Metodo Classico DOCG Oltrepò Pavese La Versa Testarossa, Brut 2016, the Pinot Nero DOC Conte Vistarino, Costa del Nero 2020, and representing the Doc of Buttafuoco the 2018 vintage of the Consortile of the Club "Storico." in the end the perfect pairing manifested itself in the dishes with a risotto cooked with Carnaroli from Carnaroli pavese.

The two speakers, Carlo Veronese, director of Consorzio Vini Oltrepò, and chef Sergio Barzetti of "La prova del cuoco," brand ambassador of Pavia's Carnaroli da Carnaroli since 2016, extolled the tastes and flavors of the Lombardy province to a trade audience.

"When I tell the Oltrepò Pavese appellations around the world," said Carlo Veronese, among others, "I bring these slides that also tell through images the beauty of our hills, I tell a long story made even more interesting by the topicality that is translated in the glasses offered and speaks to us of great quality and identity, of great work to enhance the art of making wine.

THE PRINCE OF RICE - Another excellence of the area is undoubtedly rice, the dominant cereal crop in the province of Pavia: more than 84,000 hectares are in fact dedicated to rice paddies, where many different varieties of rice are grown. Cultivated for centuries throughout the northern part of the province (Lomellina and Pavese), it arrived at the behest of the Sforza family in the 15th century from Sicily, where the Arabs had previously imported it. The characteristics of climate and soil immediately decreed the success of this cultivation, and over time came the selection of the main varieties, now the basis of traditional and international recipes: Carnaroli, Arborio, Vialone nano, Baldo, Balilla, Roma, Sant'Andrea, Otello, Loto, Gladio.

Since 2016, the Pavia Chamber of Commerce has been promoting, in collaboration with local agricultural associations, the "La Via del Carnaroli" initiative, which aims to create a certified supply chain of Carnaroli rice from Pavia Carnaroli seed, according to the standards of UNI ISO 22005. The Chamber of Commerce has registered the trademark, "Carnaroli da Carnaroli pavese," which enhances the knowledge of Carnaroli rice from Carnaroli seed, one of the agrifood excellences of the province of Pavia. In fact, as happens with other rice varieties, other varieties belonging to the same commodity class can also be marketed in Italy under the name "Carnaroli."

Carnaroli from Carnaroli pavese is a highly valued rice due to its special composition and the presence of amylose: the grains are very firm, ensuring perfect cooking hold and grain separation even when the preparation is not consumed immediately.