Oltrepò Pavese has an ancient tradition of wine-making, with the first written documents dating back to Pliny the Elder and Strabo who, in 40 BC, passed by with a Roman Legion and wrote fine wine, friendly people, and large wooden barrels. The 13,500 hectares of vineyards in Oltrepò Pavese are equivalent in area to 18,900 sports fields the size of Romes Olympic Stadium. Putting the 54 million grape vines of Oltrepò in one long row (each separated by 1 metre, as customary in our vineyards) would circle the world 1.3 times. The mission of the Consortium for the Protection of Oltrepò Pavese Wines is to safeguard and promote one of the top five historical Italian Wine Denominations, with its 13,500 hectares of vineyards. The most representative varieties of the Pavian hills are: Croatina, Barbera, Pinot nero, Riesling and Moscato. Our flagship wine is Cruasé, a collective brand exclusive to Consortium members which identifies Oltrepò Pavese traditional method DOCG rosé sparkling wines made with Pinot Noir grapes. The traditional local wine is Bonarda, reaching production peaks of 20 million bottles. The most characteristic white is our Riesling. The most international red is our Pinot Noir while the most evocative name is Buttafuoco. The Consortium for the Protection of Oltrepò Wines has two points of focus: the full spectrum of colours of Pinot Noir, with emphasis on traditional method and Charmat method sparkling wines-making; and Bonarda, an evergreen wine to be enjoyed year-round, a surprisingly pleasant and versatile wine of warmth and cheer.