Buttafuoco dell’Oltrepò Pavese

Buttafuoco dell’Oltrepò Pavese



9°20'01.4" E




about this subregion

Nestled in the gentle hills of Lombardy, in Northern Italy, lies a hidden gem of viticulture: the Buttafuoco dell'Oltrepò Pavese DOC. This region, blessed with fertile soil and a temperate microclimate, gives life to some of Italy's most enchanting red wines.

Buttafuoco dell'Oltrepò Pavese is more than just a wine; it's a reflection of the environment from which it hails. The landscape here is a picturesque mosaic of verdant vineyards caressed by soft breezes and bathed in the golden glow of the sun. These favorable conditions not only nourish the vines but also impart unique flavors and characteristics to the grapes.

Among the varietals that thrive in this haven, four red grape varieties stand out: Croatina, Barbera, Vespolina, and Uva rara. While each grape contributes its own distinct notes and aromas, Croatina, with its deep hues and robust flavors, is the star of the show. This grape, often considered the heartbeat of Buttafuoco wines, intertwines seamlessly with the other varieties, producing wines that are harmonious, flavorful, and reflective of the rich terroir.

In every bottle of Buttafuoco dell'Oltrepò Pavese, one can taste the symphony of its origins - from the soil's mineral richness to the gentle touch of the Mediterranean sun. It's a celebration of the perfect alchemy between nature and winemaking, ensuring every sip transports you to this Italian paradise.


vinerra illustration

Vineyard Hectares



1500 - 1700


Discover Terroir

The DOC Buttafuoco dell'Oltrepo Pavese is located in the Lombardy wine region. The production area of this DOC covers 7 municipalities of Oltrepò Pavese, located south of the Via Emilia.

This region has a temperate climate with mild winters and hot summers due to thermal inertia and low humidity. In addition, the region receives between 800 and 900 mm of rainfall per year.

Regarding the soils, they are predominantly of medium to coarse texture, with moderate depth and composed of limestone, silt and clay. They also have an alkaline pH and good drainage.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Croatina, Barbera, Vespolina, Uva rara

The Rosso wine of the Buttafuoco dell'Oltrepò Pavese DOC is a captivating and distinctive expression of the region's winemaking tradition. Crafted with a meticulous blend of grape varieties, this wine exemplifies the artistry and passion of Oltrepò Pavese's winemakers.

At the core of the blend lies the Barbera grape, contributing 25 to 65% of the composition. Known for its vibrant acidity and bold character, Barbera lends a lively fruitiness and a delightful cherry-like tang to the wine. Its presence provides a solid foundation for the ensuing symphony of flavors.

Croatina, also known as Bonarda, complements Barbera with its contribution of 25 to 65% of the blend. With its thick-skinned berries, Croatina imparts a deep ruby color and a bouquet rich in dark fruits, spices, and hints of earthiness. This grape variety elevates the wine's complexity and adds a velvety texture to the palate.

To complete the ensemble, the wine may contain a maximum of 45% of Uva Rara and/or Vespolina. Uva Rara, with its aromatic charm, introduces alluring floral notes and a touch of elegance. Vespolina, on the other hand, brings its distinct peppery spiciness, contributing to the wine's depth and character.

The result is a well-balanced and harmonious symphony of flavors. Rosso from Buttafuoco dell'Oltrepò Pavese DOC captivates the senses with its lively acidity, succulent fruitiness, and intriguing spice nuances. It reflects the unique terroir of the region, as well as the expertise and dedication of the winemakers who craft this exceptional blend.

Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes, Rosso embodies the essence of Oltrepò Pavese, inviting wine enthusiasts to savor its complexity and indulge in the charm of this remarkable Italian wine.