Situated in the Oliva Gessi locale in the province of Pavia, this family owned and managed winery
prides itself in producing certified organic wines. Proprietor Fabbio Defilippi collaborates with his brother and enologist Emilio Renato Defilippi whose responsibility it is to follow the long process of grape growing, harvesting and producting the wines.
Their 27 HA of vineyards are located in Oltrepo Pavese (50 km. south of Milan) at an elevation of
200-300 metres. A climate of milder winters, moderate rainfall, and desirable winds throughout the
year make for ideal conditions for the growing of such grape varieties as Barbera, Croatina, Pinot
Noir, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling that are planted.
The quality of these wines is undisputable, but a few stood out as exceptional during our visit.
Oltrepo Pavese Barbera, aged for a short time in wood with a further aging in bottles for 3
months. Intense ruby red in colour, its bouquet is clean yet powerful, while the palate is delighted
by a dry, full-body and lightly tannic flavour.
Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico “Maria Cristina” Rose , made with especially selected and
hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes that retain contact with the pomace to permit the maximum
extraction of colour. The wine then remains in bottles for 15 months in contact with yeasts.
The result is a salmon coloured wine that gives way to a slightly salty flavour and fine and
persistent bubbles (perlage). Left in contact with the yeast for 15 months in the bottle, the nose is rewarded with a profound bouquet with hints of yeast.
For a total experience, you can enjoy not only the wines but also the enchanting hillside scenery.
By staying at the I Gessi country guesthouse you can walk or bike through the well managed
vineyards. Tastefully decorated, with a touch of rustic, the apartment suites have all the modern conveniences that you may wish, and then some.