The region is most known for their Sparkling Wines, made with minimum 70% Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay and then grey pinot (pinot gris) up to 30% max. These wines are made in the metodo classico and are DOCG wines. We saw production of many of these wines when I visited and they were very good quality, tight bubbles, cream, strawberry, really delightful.
We were to taste the Cà Di Frara Oltrepò Pavese DOCG Metodo Classico Pinot Nero T4
The winemaker is Luca Bellani, fast becoming a cult winemaker. When we visited his winery, there was a huge boulder of chalk, giving clues to what lies under the service of the soil in that region.
It is 75% Pinot Noir, considered brut natural meaning “no added sugar”. There was a light effervescence to the sparkler along with a big round, full bodied taste. I got toast and a definitive green apple. We paired it with the risotto, one of their most famous dishes. It was delightful on it’s own as an appertif and paired with several of the dishes.