The Pinot noir Cultural and Ethnographic Centre

The Pinot noir Cultural and Ethnographic Centre collects, stores and disseminates knowledge on the typical wine production traditions of Oltrepò Pavese. The Centre aims to become a reference point as a centre for documentation and cultural promotion.

The Centre is a place where stories about Pinot noir can be listened to and read about. Not only users are invited to discover the local wine growing traditions, they are also remembered that Pinot noir has an international breadth, being cultivated all around the world.

The Centre preserves and promotes tangible and non-tangible cultural heritage. Its inclusiveness regard both local communities and visitors, of different ages and backgrounds, alike.

Scientific Documentation

The Centre makes use of advanced technologies to complement the storage and communication of information to users and local cultural partners. It also provides access to relevant data archives.

It interacts with organisations dedicated to the study and promotion of Pinot noir on a global scale.

The Centre fosters dissemination and outreach programmes. Contents are mainly scientific, cultural and social: they focus on the Oltrepò Pavese and Pinot noir positions in Italy and abroad.

The website includes additional content provided by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Piacenza campus) regarding Pinot noir:

  1. local bibliography
  2. international bibliography

Cataloguing

The Pinot noir Cultural and Ethnographic Centre’s written materials will be published on the Catalogo Unico Pavese, the open-access, online catalogue, managed by the University of Pavia, which includes sources from 130 libraries in the province. Such initiative will allow anyone interested to learn more about the Centre’s rich bibliographic collections.

Bibliography

The Centre has commissioned the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Piacenza campus) to undertake research on the history and traditions about Pinot noir. Results and related bibliographic sources will implement the already existing records.

In this section, it is possible to access the proceedings of previous conferences organised in Oltrepò Pavese during the 1980s and 1990s.

Some publications may be of interest to wine lovers, too, not only experts or scholars!

We truly believe that wine is more than a drink. It is something alive, it connects us with history and nature. It helps us to understand how we can make the most of life and beauty through systematic study and knowledge.

Additional publications can represent an important asset for experts in the wine production sector to improve technical skills.

From the study of materials possessed, several aspects of past viticulture in Oltrepò Pavese are now well-known. They offer us a picture on how they evolved over time.

They include the various Pinot noir clones, their specificities and the geographic areas in which they are cultivated. The effects of soil, altitude, exposure, the most appropriate affinities with the clone type and, subsequently, with the desired wine to be produced, are reported. Nutritional and phytosanitary facts are listed, too.

For an easier consultation of the digital library, extracts are offered below. We would suggest you to start with the “type of document” label first.

The document types are:

Type Target
Historical Facts Wine lovers; Wine production experts/Researchers
Pinot noir Characteristics Wine lovers; Wine production experts/Researchers
Information on Oltrepò Pavese in the 1980s and 1990s Wine lovers; Wine production experts/Researchers
The Pinot noir terroir in Oltrepò Pavese Wine lovers; Wine production experts/Researchers
The Pinot noir terroir in Oltrepò Pavese – technical details Wine production experts/Researchers
Terroir theorization Wine lovers; Wine production experts/Researchers
Terroir theorization – technical details Wine production experts/Researchers
Pinot noir cultivation and rootstocks Wine production experts/Researchers
Nutritional facts on Pinot noir Wine production experts/Researchers
Phytosanitary facts on Pinot noir Wine production experts/Researchers
TypeAuthorTitlePlace; publisher; date of publicationSubject/Abstract Full text
AnalyticalFregoni Mario; Vercesi Alberto; Gatti LuigiExtract from the proceedings of the Broni conference 'Pinot Noir' on the historical factsBroni; 1992Historical facts document
AnalyticalFregoni Mario; Vercesi Alberto; Gatti LuigiExtract from the proceedings of the Broni conference 'Pinot Noir' on the Pinot Noir characteristicsBroni; 1992Pinot Noir Characteristics document
AnalyticalVercesi Alberto; Gatti LuigiExtract from the proceedings of the Broni conference 'Pinot Noir' on the Pinot Noir characteristics Information on the Oltrepò PaveseBroni; 1992Information on Oltrepò Pavese in the 1980s and 1990s document
AnalyticalVercesi Alberto; Gatti LuigiExtract from the proceedings of the Broni conference 'Pinot Noir' on the Pinot Noir characteristicsBroni; 1992Phytosanitary aspects relating to Pinot Noir document
AnalyticalVercesi Alberto; Gatti LuigiExtract from the proceedings of the Broni conference 'Pinot Noir' on the Pinot Noir characteristics Characterization of the Terroir in the Oltrepò PaveseBroni; 1992The terroir of Pinot Noir in the Oltrepò Pavese document
AnalyticalVercesi Alberto; Gatti LuigiExtract from the proceedings of the Broni conference 'Pinot Noir' on the Pinot Noir characteristics Nutritional aspectsBroni; 1992Nutritional aspects document

Library

The Centre is creating a library of both renowned and unpublished materials, with the aim of promoting the spreading of wine culture.

The Centre’s materials will be available on the Catalogo Unico Pavese soon.