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21/08/2019 - PRESS RELEASE

Mr Cotarella visits the vineyards as part of the Quality Project: "we’re surrounded by enthusiasm and dedication"

The Terre d’Oltrepò programme gets into full swing: the winemaker conducted an inspection on Tuesday

BRONI - "The Oltrepò Pavese is a beautiful region bursting with potential, but which is still not being fully realised. We soon hope to see the fruits of our labour and enthusiasm flourish". Enthusiasm: this is the word which best sums up the current state of the Quality Project, the production programme – focused on making excellent wines – created from the collaboration between the Terre d’Oltrepò winery in Broni (Pavia) and Riccardo Cotarella. While inspecting several vineyards in the municipal areas of Montalto Pavese and Corvino San Quirico yesterday morning, on Tuesday 20th August, this world-renowned winemaker underlined how about fifty shareholders from this cooperative in the Oltrepò Pavese who joined up to the project are showing "particular dedication because they really understand the goal and are aware that their apparent sacrifices will only lead to benefits. The work is demanding", confirmed Mr Cotarella, "but it’s definitely very satisfying. Naturally more so for producers than for us. We’re one of the ways to ensure that these satisfying achievements happen, morally and economically speaking".
During this first phase, the winery will mainly focus on the Pinot Noir and Rhine Riesling varieties, "but we won’t forget the Pinot Noir for the sparkling wine bases", added Riccardo Cotarella, who also had the chance to meet shareholders involved with the project yesterday at the Terre d’Oltrepò headquarters in Broni, "or the Riesling Italico and, of course, the Barbera, as well as all the other varieties that can help make great wines. The intention is to involve everything".
About 100 hectares of land in total is currently dedicated to the Quality Project: important thinning work was carried out on the vines grown in this region, a preparatory operation used to enhance the varietal aspects of these grapes.
"The Quality Project", explained Andrea Giorgi, the president of Terre d’Oltrepò, "gets into full swing with the harvest, which is about to begin in the next few days. The inspections will continue in the meantime with our winemakers, our agronomist, Riccardo Cotarella and his staff: we’ve seen the Riesling, as well as the thinning carried out on the Pinot Noir. I can safely say that a real change of pace is under way for our company. Terre d’Oltrepò is an iconic company in the region, as it’s tangibly proving through a project that we’re confident will give our shareholders good rewards and the right returns".
Staying on the subject of the harvest, on the eve of the "starting whistle", the forecasts are anticipating a considerably lower quantity than last year. "We’re estimating a fall of about 30% compared with 2018", added Mr Giorgi, "but the quality of the grapes will be very good to compensate this. We will very shortly begin the harvest for the sparkling wine bases, starting tomorrow in the areas of Santa Maria della Versa and Broni, while the harvest will start in Casteggio on Monday".