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On 22 February 2007, the application for the recognition of the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) of Oltrepò was publicly submitted in Casteggio: Oltrepò Pavese Spumante Metodo Classico DOCG. This new DOCG will not only be the first for the Oltrepò, but the second DOCG in Lombardy for the "Bollicine" (synonym for sparkling wine from classic bottle fermentation). Lombardy will then have 4 DOCG and 15 DOC zones and will occupy the first place in Italy for the production of DOCG sparkling wines Metodo Classico: about 12,000,000 bottles per year.

The name is somewhat awkward and not as memorable as that of the nearby Franciacorta. However, there is much to suggest that it will be complemented by a brand name. The term "Classese", a combination of Metodo Classicoand Oltrepò Pavese, is considered to have a good chance. This is already the name of an association of sparkling wine producers who make their sparkling wine (with a second fermentation in the bottle) entirely from Pinot Nero.

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