Andrea started in 1988 with 1ha in the closed valley of Solenga in the commune of Canneto Pavese, on the ‘ghiai’ terreno of the Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardia. The region was known until the 1950s as ‘Antico Piemonte‘, due to its sedimentary, Tortonian marine sands, a continuation of those found in the Roero & Langhe, left by the retreating sea, & whose steep valleys – notably that of Val Versa – were subsequently formed by glaciers.
He began buying up old abandoned vineyards, producing his first wine Buttofuoco DOC ‘Bricco Riva Bianca’ in the same year. In 1995 he produced his first Rosso d’Asia, named after his daughter who’s now studying in Bologna, & in 2006 his first Pinot Nero ‘Arfena’, having planted the vines in 2000 at 8k plants/ha. In 2009 he made his first Metodo Classico Pinot Nero, sur lattes for 10 years & released in 2019! He now has 10ha.
Vinification is in cement & stainless steel, with affinamento in French barriques for the Pinot Nero & since 2015 15HL botte grande for the other reds.
His three key wines are:
‘Cerasa/Solinghino’ Buttofuoco DOC dell’Oltrepò Pavese – an everyday blend of Croatina & Barbera
‘da Cima a Fondo’ Vino Rosso – a vivace blend of Croatina & Uva Rara
‘Bricco Riva Bianca’ Buttofuoco DOC dell’Oltrepò Pavese – his top wine, a blend of Croatina, Barbera & Ughetta
With the sad passing of his father Antonio in April 2019, & tragically that of his brother Fabrizio in 1978, Andrea has his mother Rose, nata in Stradella, wife Silvia & daughter Asia by his side.
Il territorio di Buttofuoco dell’Oltrepò Pavese DOC
Located in the 250m asl high & steep, glacial formed sandy stony hills lying between two rivers Versa & Scuropasso of the Oltrepò Pavese, a Lombardo region in the province of the historic city of Pavia wedged between Piemente to the west & Emilia-Romagna to the east, on the edge of the Po valley. The key DOC of these hills belongs to Buttofuoco (or Buttofuoco dell’Oltrepò Pavese) dates back to 7 Feb 1996 & officially to 2010, & that can be made in seven communes/villages: Canneto Pavese, Castana, Montescano, Cigognola, Pietra dè Girogi, Broni, e Stradella. The Buttofuoco zone is roughly split into three terrains: ‘Ghiaie’ (stones), then ‘Arenarie’ (sandstone), & ‘Argille’ (clays). Buttofuoco is a traditional blend of Croatina (Bonarda), Barbera, Uva Rare, & Ughetta di Canneto, made as a vino fermo, vivace or frizzante. The name Buttofuoco comes from the dialect: “al buta me al feugh”, che significa: “scalda – risveglia come il fuoco”!
‘Cerasa/Solinghino’ Buttofuoco DOC dell’Oltrepò Pavese
‘da Cima a Fondo’ Vino Rosso
‘Bricco Riva Bianca’ Buttofuoco DOC dell’Oltrepò Pavese