The Oltrepò Pavese

The Oltrepò Pavese, with its hills, vineyards, castles, hermitages and paths, is a place where you can enjoy beauty, art, nature and flavours.

Medieval villages, fortresses and historical sites, rural churches and abbeys, vineyards and panoramas. In the Oltrepò you won’t stop discovering culture, landscapes, oenology and gastronomy.

The wine producing region south of Pavia starts immediately from the other side of Po river: the fields give way almost suddenly to the hills, which stretch as far as the eye can see. When the weather gets warmer, the vineyards get gaily-coloured. In this area many grape varieties are grown. The most common are Pinot Noir, Riesling italico (Welschriesling), Riesling, White Muscat, Barbera and Croatina.

The Oltrepò Pavese boasts an exceptional record at international level: it is among the most important areas in the world after Champagne for the production of Pinot Noir as sparkling wine base.

The Pinot Noir Cultural and Ethnographic Centre is located in Montecalvo Versiggia.

Montecalvo Versiggia

Montecalvo Versiggia’s area has its own personal record, as it ranks first among the Oltrepò Pavese municipalities that produce Pinot Noir.

In the 1950s, it was in Montecalvo that the large Italian wine producers, Cinzano, Gancia, Riccadonna, Martini and Rossi, together with La Versa winery, elected the town centre as their favourite destination for buying Pinot Noir.



“Corkscrewing” doesn’t simply mean “opening a bottle”. You only need to be familiar with wine and know how to appreciate life’s pleasures, such as food, to understand that we are talking about something very similar to a ritual, an precise and meticulous action, an art. The corks are pulled out to release the joy of life.

The Municipality of Montecalvo Versiggia inaugurated the Corkscrew Museum in 2006, the first one in Italy to be opened and set up not by a private, but by a statutory corporation.

Find more about the Museum on the Montecalvo Versiggia municipality’s website and on the official Facebook page.