The Oltrepo Pavese is, not surprisingly, a territory shaped as a bunch of grapes and named after its proximity to the Po River.
Formerly Old Piedmont was the area located south of Pavia, that goes up to the mountains, forming a wedge between the provinces of Alessandria and Piacenza.
It has a total area of 109,815 hectares consisting of plains, hills and mountains.
The hilly territory, that reaches 300 meters above sea level, presents itself with a nice variety of landscapes on whose heights rise ancient castles.
Viticulture mainly occupies the hilly area; down the line of the hills above the Po River in the Via Emilia plain there are 78 Padan towns, constisting of rural villages and castles between fields and vineyards where the varieties of grapes that are responsible for the typical fine wines of Oltrepò Pavese are grown.