Azienda Vitivinicola Calvi

About Us

Since at least the end of 17th century, our family has lived and cultivated vines on the hillsides of Castana.

This long tradition, together with a deep passion for grape growing has resulted in a company which, in all its parts, works continuously to ensure the quality and authenticity of its products.

Ours is a family-run company but despite production being limited in terms of volume, it includes all the typical wines of Oltrepò Pavese.

The company has been kept small intentionally, in order to guarantee direct control over the entire production process, from vine to bottle, with each of our wines having a specific vine of provenance.

In the management of our vineyards all growing operations aim to respect the environment and protect plant health. Since the 1980s we have used the technique of growing grass under the rows of vines in order to prevent hillside erosion and mineralisation of the soil while creating an ideal microhabitat for a multitude of herbs and useful insects. 

The practice of growing grass means the use of chemical fertilizers is avoided and also greatly reduces the use of pesticides by applying companion planting principles.

Our grapes are all strictly hand-picked and within very few hours are taken to the winery, where fermentation takes place naturally thanks to the wild yeasts present in the grapes. Our wines contain very few sulphites, with no more than the amount necessary for disinfecting the grapes being used. These sulphites do not become chemically stabilised, which means that some natural deposits can be found in bottles.