Piedmont

(Italy)

Piedmont Numbers:

25,400
Km sq surface area
17
DOCG
44
DOC
0
IGT

In Piedmont, viticulture plays a critical role in the region's overall agricultural production.

The fact that the vineyards in Piedmont are nearly all in the hills ensures quality and reputation; the climate, the terrain, the grapes, and the skilled and passionate involvement of man do the rest.

Barbera, which accounts for one-third of the cultivated land, is widely distributed and reflects its character in a variety of ways.

It produces more structured wines with a good predisposition to refinement in the Alba area, and fresher and fruitier wines in the Monferrato and Asti districts, always with great acidity.

Other noteworthy vines include white moscato, dolcetto, a Piedmontese wine with structure and delicate aromas of fruit and white flowers, freisa, with hints of flowers and little red fruits, bracchetto, fresh and fragrant, and grignolino, from which we produce pleasant but not particularly structured wines.


The prince of Piedmontese vines, however, is Nebbiolo, the father of the best Piedmontese reds, with very thick and tiny berries, dark blue in colour, particularly sensitive to the slightest variations in soil and temperature. 

Above all, Barolo and Barbaresco stand out, but Gattinara, Ghemme, and Roero, as well as Boca, Fara, Lessona, Bramaterra, and others, may show their own personalities. 

Barolo, the king of wines and wine of kings, is currently at the centre of a philosophical dualism between those who continue to produce it in an absolutely traditional manner, with ageing in large barrels, and those who prefer a passage in smaller barrels to soften the decisive and austere tannins more quickly.


The white muscat grape vines, outnumbered by the red grape vines by about half, are worth mentioning. These grapes are used to produce the Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti; of the first, more than 80 million bottles were produced in 2002, accounting for one-third of all national sparkling wine production and roughly half of the region's VQPRD, the majority of which was sold on foreign markets where it is the highest estimator.

In recent years, foreign grapes, particularly chardonnay, have been utilised to make high-quality wines in the Langhe, which have long been the unchallenged domain of outstanding reds.

Piedmont is known for the manufacture of aromatized wines, such as Vermouth and Barolo Chinato, in addition to the production of sparkling wines of various varieties, acquired by refermentation in bottles and autoclaves, dry and sweet.

Information about Piedmont

Region Piedmont
Country Italy
Morphology of the land Plain: 27%   Hill: 30%   Mountain: 43%
Hectares of vineyard 52,412
Climate and soil In the alpine area it is very cold. But the climate in the plains is continental, that is to say cold and often dry winters, hot summers, spring and winter rains. Often there are fog formations as it is characteristic in the Po Valley. The climate is mild on the banks of the lakes.
History Piedmont is a region that boasts a rich history, with its roots in ancient times when the Etruscans settled. In the 11th century, it also became part of the Holy Roman Empire. In particular, it was home to many different noble families until the 15th century.
Typical products Nebbiolo is the most noble grape of Piedmont, and it is grown in four of the seven DOCG districts of Piedmont: Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, and Ghemme. The most important example of Piedmontese Nebbiolo wines is Barolo. The young barolo generally has a deep crimson one that clears fast with age. Barbaresco is often a lighter wine than Barolo. Barbaresco is supposed to be a feminine Barolo, more graceful, with more fruit and charm. Gattinara, grown on the right bank of the Sesia River, is youthful and robust, but after a few years in the bottle softens and gains charm and refinement, with a violet note on the nose. Barbera produces a wine with a simpler character than Nebbiolo, with high acidity but a relatively low tannin and extract concentration. The tannin concentration in Dolcetto wines, "il piccolo dolce," varies greatly, but unlike Barbera wines, Dolcetto wines are frequently light with low acidity and a fragrance of black cherries and bitter almonds. Grignolino produces a wine that seems to be rosé. The term grignolino comes from the native word "grignole," which translates to "vinacciolo" in the local dialect. Bracchetto makes the wine of the same name, Bracchetto D'Acqui DOCG, in both sparkling and non-sparkling varieties. Cortese (also known as Courteis) is a white grape planted in the region of Alessandria from which the Gavi DOCG is made. Cortese is a delicate fragrant wine with a light, harmonious, and nuanced flavour. Moscato Bianco is used to make Asti Spumante, or Asti sparkling wine. It received the DOCG designation in 1993, together with Moscato D'Asti.
Typical dishes The technique of producing one of the most essential and sought-after delicacies is a Piedmontese tradition. Among these are the well-known Agnolotti del Plin. The term derives from the movements used to close the pasta. Agnolotti can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including lean roasted meat minced with spices or vegetables and fragrant herbs. They are served with either a roast sauce or a truffle sauce. Cannelloni alla Babaroux (after the name of its inventor) is another popular meal composed of crepes made of milk, flour, and eggs that are rolled up and fried in the oven. The fondue created with fontina cheese, delicately melted and often embellished with flakes of white truffle, is likewise quite distinctive. Another traditional Piedmont meal is Brasato al Barolo, which is beef marinated and gently cooked in Barolo wine.
Red grape varieties Barbera, Bonarda, Brachetto, Croatina, Dolcetto, Freisa, Gamay, Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Uva Rara, Vespolina
White grape varieties Arneis, Chardonnay, Cortese, Erbaluce, Favorita, Moscato Bianco
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Montalbera
DOCG Ruche' di Castagnole Monferrato, 100% Ruchè
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Vite Colte
DOCG Barbera d'Asti Superiore, 100% Barbera
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Produttori del Barbaresco
DOCG Barbaresco, 100% Nebbiolo
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Montalbera
DOCG Barbera d'Asti Superiore, 100% Barbera
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Montalbera
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White classic method sparkling wine pas dosé
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Vite Colte
DOCG Moscato d'Asti , 100% Moscato Bianco
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Giovanni Rosso
DOC Langhe Nebbiolo, 100% Nebbiolo
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Pico Maccario
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DOC Langhe Nebbiolo, 100% Nebbiolo
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Braida
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