Piedmont, the pre-eminent fine wine province of Italy since Roman times, an this was
reinforced under the House of Savoy which lorded it over Europe during the
Middle Ages from their base in Turin. Piedmont's fame increased too as this
noble House secured their place in history as the driver for Italian
Reunification in 1861.
Located in the north-west of the country with a continental climate,
Piedmont is influenced culturally and climatically by the surrounding Alps and
Ligurian Apennines. Piedmont's most important fine wine regions are: Langhe, south of Alba,
incorporating Barolo and Barbaresco; Monferrato, comprising
the wines of Asti and Gavi; and
Novara with its Colline Novaresi and Boca.
the grape of Piedmont, and arguably the whole country. It is planted in
only the most favourable sites and is the power behind Barolo and Barbaresco. It is followed by
d'Alba or Barbera d'Asti andDolcetto, an
early ripening antipasti wine produced more seriously around Dogliani. For
whites, Moscato is queen, responsible for copious amounts of frizzante
more commonly known as Asti. A far more rewarding gently sparkling wine, made
in an off-dry style, is labelled as Moscato
A notable red version is also made: Brachetto d'Acqui. Cortese is the white grape
behind the region's most popular dry white wine, Gavi, from
vines south of Alessandria. Perhaps not surprisingly Piedmont has the highest
proportion of DOC and DOCG wines even if it is responsible for only 7% of
Italy's total production (2006).
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