The origin of the name seems to be “al buta a me el fogh” which means “it warms me up like fire” and is related to the fact that this is a very strong and full wine. Another legend tells the story of a ship of the Austro-Hungarian empire which was named Buttafuoco in honour of a navy battalion that was fighting the Kingdom of Sardinia’s army in Oltrepò. Instead of dealing with the safety of the river Pò, they took hold of the wine of a close-by winery. This wine, i.e. Buttafuoco, was so good that it mitigated the agitated spirits of the imperial army and made them more keen on peace than war.
Buttafuoco / DOC Oltrepò Pavese:
CATEGORIES: Buttafuoco, C’era una volta
Buttafuoco / DOC Oltrepò Pavese
ORIGIN: Oltrepò Pavese
VINE VARIETY: Croatina, Barbera, Uva Rara
SOIL: Clayey with calcareous marl and gyspum located around the 45° parallel north
GRAPE CULTIVATION: Guyot-trained
HARVESTING: By hand in boxes
VINIFICATION: Grape pressing and destemming with pre-fermentation maceration of the grapes, to extract colour and aroma, and fermentation at controlled temperatures with cultured yeasts.
REFINING: In stainless steel tanks. During ageing, the wine undergoes several analytical checks to assure its integrity.
BOTTLING: Cold sterile
COLOUR: Bright vivid ruby red with grenade veins
NOSE: Intense, with hints of wild berries, blackberry, raspberry, black currant, spicy notes, coffee and chocolate.
PALATE: Dry, full and strong, with hints of cloves and black pepper, balanced tannins.
INTERNATIONAL PAIRINGS: Grilled Angus (Argentina) – Fajitas (Mexico)
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16 – 18°C