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Piedmont

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In Piedmont, viticulture occupies a fundamental position in the agricultural sector of the region. In 2009 the production was over 2,858,000 hl of wine, with a clear prevalence of red wines, a tradition already appreciated in Roman times and with consolidated roots in the Langhe, in the Monferrato and in the Asti area.
In Piedmont the vineyards are almost all in the hills, a guarantee of quality and prestige; the climate, the land, the vines and the competent and passionate intervention of man, do the rest.
The most widespread vines are Barbera, which covers 1/3 of the cultivated area, diffused in different areas, in which it expresses its character in a different way. Always with excellent acidity, in the Alba area it gives more structured wines with a good tendency to refinement, in the Monferrato and in the Asti area, which are more fresh and fruity.
Other important vines are white moscato, dolcetto, defined as the wine of Piedmontese, the courtly, with structure and delicate aromas of fruit and white flowers, the freisa, with nuances of flowers and small red fruits, the bracchetto, fresh and aromatic, and grignolino, from which we obtain pleasant but not very structured wines.
The prince of Piedmontese vines, however, is Nebbiolo, with very dense and small berries, dark blue in color, very sensitive to the slightest differences in soil and climate, the father of the greatest Piedmontese reds. Barolo and Barbaresco stand out above all, but also Gattinara, Ghemme and Roero, as well as Boca, Fara, Lessona, Bramaterra and others, can express their excellent personality. Barolo, king of wines and wine of kings, linked to ancient traditions, today is at the center of a sort of philosophical dualism between those who continue to produce it in an absolutely traditional way, with aging in large barrels, and those that prefer a passage in smaller barrels, to more quickly soften the decisive and austere tannins.
Among the white grape vines, about half compared to the red ones, the white muscat excel, from which the Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti are obtained; of the first, in 2002 more than 80 million bottles were produced, one third of all the national sparkling wine production and about half of the region's VQPRD, most of which sold on foreign markets where it is the highest estimator.
In the last few years, in the Langhe - for centuries the only undisputed realm of great reds - some international vines with white grapes, especially chardonnay, are cropping an important space with high quality products, such as with the Alta Langa DOC.
In addition to the production of sparkling wines of all types, obtained with the refermentation in bottles and autoclaves, dried and sweet, Piedmont is also noted for that of aromatized wines, such as Vermouth and Barolo Chinato.

Piedmont by numbers:

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17
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Information about Piedmont

Region
Piedmont
Country
Italy
Territorial morphology
Plain: 27%   Hill: 30%   Mountain: 43%
Vineyard hectare
52,412
Soil and climate
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
The Region owes its name to the fact of being geographically speaking "at the foot of the mountains". In the Middle Ages it was already called in this way a portion of flat land at the foot of the Alpine mountains. Over time the same name remained to indicate a larger territory, which is the current one.
Typical products
Nebbiolo is the most noble grape of Piedmont, and four of the seven DOCG areas of Piedmont, Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme, are cultivated with this king of Italian vines. Barolo is the most important representative of the Piedmontese wines of Nebbiolo. The young barolo often has a deep red one that with aging matures to clear quickly. Barbaresco is generally a slightly lighter wine than Barolo. It is said that barbaresco is a feminine barolo, more elegant, with more fruit and charm. Gattinara, cultivated on the right bank of the river Sesia, is young rather powerful and rustic, but after a few years in the bottle softens and acquires charm and finesse, with a note of violet on the nose. Ghemme, classified as DOCG, comes from the left bank of the river Sesia. In the two districts Gattinara and Ghemme nebbiolo is called Spanna. Barbera gives a wine with a simpler character than Nebbiolo, with high acidity, but with a fairly modest content of tannins and extracts. The Dolcetto wines, "il piccolo dolce", have very variable tannin contents, but unlike barbera wines, dolcetto wines are often light with rather low acidity, a scent of dark berries and bitter almonds. Grignolino gives a wine that looks like it would be rosé ,. The name grignolino derives from the local word "grignole" which means "vinacciolo" in the local dialect. Bracchetto produces the wine of the same name, Bracchetto D'Acqui DOCG, both in the sparkling and sparkling versions. Cortese (locally called Courteis) is a white grape that is grown in the province of Alessandria and from which the Gavi DOCG is produced. Cortese is a delicate aromatic wine, with a fresh, harmonious and quite complex taste. Asti Spumante, Asti sparkling wine, is produced with Moscato Bianco. in 1993, it had, together with Moscato D'Asti, the denomination DOCG.
Typical dishes
Among the first courses, the most important and sought after are the agnolotti del plin, name that derives from the fate gesture to close the dough, filled in several versions, with lean roasted meat, minced with spices or vegetables and herbs, served with roast sauce or with truffles, or those stuffed with ricotta. And then the cannelloni at the Babaroux, named after their inventor, made of crepes made from milk, flour and eggs, rolled up and cooked in the oven. Truly distinctive is the fondue made from fontina, sweetly melted and sometimes enriched with flakes of white truffle. Among the most sought-after dishes are braised barolo, marinated beef and stewed slowly in the wine of the same name, the boiled mixed Piedmontese style, with boiled beef meats - famous the fat Carrù ox -, veal, hen, tongue, served with bagnet verd, well-green sauce, or with the red bagne.
DOCG
Alta Langa
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Brachetto d'Acqui o Acqui
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Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore o Ovada
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Erbaluce di Caluso o Caluso
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Ghemme
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Nizza
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DOC
Alba
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Albugnano
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Bramaterra
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Calosso
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Canavese
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Carema
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Cisterna d'Asti
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Collina Torinese
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Colline Novaresi
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Colline Saluzzesi
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Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato
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Coste della Sesia
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Dolcetto d'Acqui
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Dolcetto d'Asti
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Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi
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Dolcetto di Dogliani
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Dolcetto di Ovada
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Fara
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Freisa d'Asti
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Freisa di Chieri
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Gabiano
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Grignolino d'Asti
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Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese
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Lessona
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Loazzolo
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Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti
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Malvasia di Castelnuovo don Bosco
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Piemonte
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Pinerolese
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Rubino di Cantavenna
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Sizzano
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Strevi
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Terre Alfieri
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Valli Ossolane
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Valsusa
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Verduno Pelaverga o Verduno

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Wine type White still sweet aromatic
Region: Piedmont
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Producer La Spinetta
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Producer Montalbera
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Producer Cocito Ezio
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Producer Marchesi di Barolo
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Producer Vajra
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Producer Cascina Bruciata
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Producer Vajra
Wine type White sweet from withered grapes sweet aromatic
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Producer La Spinetta
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Producer Rocche Costamagna
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Producer Massolino
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Producer Marengo
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Producer Bel Colle
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Producer Cavallotto
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Producer Cà del Baio
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Producer Brezza
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