".... [the] wines have class as well as anima, freshness and bags of personality ...
[and] help to restore Buttafuoco to its glorious past"
- Walter Speller, writing on JancisRobinson.com
A project begun from scratch in 1988 by Andrea Picchioni to recover the traditional, almost-forgotten wines of Oltrepò Pavese, a quiet sub-region of Lombardy, Italy. Historically, the region's top wines - such as Buttafuoco - have enjoyed excellent reputations, although they have suffered in recent times, with many of the area's producers favouring more internationally well-known wines. Happily, the region's hidden potential for producing truly unique, evocative wines is now being brought to light again by the work of a handful of small, passionate winemakers, with Andrea being a leading member of such.
One of the area's earliest winemakers to truly believe in the unique territorial identity of its traditional wines, Andrea started by recovering some selected old vineyards on the steep hills of the Solinga Valley, a renowned site for wine production. His highly-regarded wines today - original, expressive and exciting - are wines of immense personality, reflecting the sheer belief, passion and know-how of one of the area's top winemakers.