Three traditional Oltrepò Pavese wines are produced from the vinification of the indigenous grapes Croatina, Barbera, Uva Rara and Ughetta di Canneto:
Buttafuoco, Oltrepò Pavese Rosso and Sangue di Giuda.
Here’s a brief presentation of Uva Rara and Ughetta di Canneto.
Uva Rara is an indigenous grape recognizable for its cluster with sparse berries
(hence the name: rara means “with few grapes”).
It adds primary notes of flowers and fruits to the wines.
Ughetta di Canneto is another Oltrepò Pavese indigenous grape.
This grape was first described as “Ughetta di Solinga” by naturalist Giuseppe Acerbi in its 1825 book
“About Italian Grapes”, the first Italian text of ampelography.
A high terpene content is present in the skins of Ughetta grapes: this results in marked notes of spices in the wines that include Ughetta, even in small percentages.