Introduction

By Paul Caputo

Piedmont is one of Italy’s primary wine producing regions, home to world famous red wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Yet there is far more to this diverse region than traditional wine reports generally cover. With a plethora of DOCG wines and plenty more DOCs, wine lovers could immerse themselves in Piedmont for a lifetime without exhausting the curiosities that can be found here.

Situated in the northeast of Italy, just north of coast hugging Liguria and just south of the Alps, Piedmont’s undulating hills, long sunny growing seasons and mountain breezes provide ideal conditions for the maturation of local varieties such as Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Cortese and Arneis.

The sheer wealth of wine growing zones is overwhelming at first and arguably for this reason, many remain completely ignored. Another defense of the limited coverage these denominations receive is that prominent grape varieties such as Barbera and Dolcetto make up the bulk of reds. Deeper inspection reveals many similarities.

Appellations of Piedmont

Alta Langa DOCG

The race is on. Alta Langa is one of the up and coming areas of Piedmont with many producing expanding their vineyard holdings here. Already a DOCG, it is home to wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is highly rated for its potential to produce high quality sparkling wines.

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Asti DOCG

Asti DOCG is a long established appellation for the production of still and sparkling wines from the Moscato grape. They are generally sweet although there are some dry examples.

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Barbaresco DOCG

Barbaresco is one of the great red wines of Italy, produced in Piedmont from the late ripening, thick skinned and totally captivating Nebbiolo grape, these wines can age and improve for decades.

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Barbera d’Alba DOC

Barbera d’Alba DOC is perhaps the most important expressions of the Barbera grape. it produces dark, fleshy wines with lots of black fruit and acidity.

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