Piedmont

Piemonte, in English commonly called Piedmont, capital city Turin, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, hence the name, "at the foot of the mountains..."


This region is home to the most distinguished wines in Italy, grown from the grape variety Nebbiolo. These wines are typically named for the municipalities where they grow, although the demarcated zones include wines grown in neighboring communes as well: Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Carema, Ghemme, Langhe, etc. are the names one learns to look for.


Other red varieties of interest are the Barbera and the Dolcetto. The latter of these, as its name suggests, has a winning sweetness to it, while the Barbera does in fact feature a rather barbed element of pointed acidity, though it's not particularly tannic. And then there's Asti--in addition to powerful red wines, this town is home to the generously flavored low-alcohol Moscato d'Asti, and the frequently mass-produced sparkling wine formerly known as Asti Spumante.


White wine grapes include Arneis, Cortese and Malvasia. Piemonte is home to 42 DOCs and 15 DOCGs.

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