Piemonte: A Wine Region
Have you ever visited Piemonte?
Piemonte is a famous Italian wine region where some of the best wines are produced.
Situated in the North West of Italy, it is a big and wealthy region.
Torino is its county seat, famous for its role after the unification of Italy as it was the first Italian capital.
Nowadays its great wines are the main reason why it is known all around the world.
Nebbiolo is considered the best wine from Piemonte and is made from Nebbiolo grape, like Barolo and Barbaresco.
The Nebbiolo should age around 10-15 years to be tasted at its best.
The Nebbiolo grape makes up to 13 DOC or DOCG wines: DOC and DOCG are the highest wine classifications in Italy and guarantee specific characteristics.
Barolo and Barbaresco are produced respectively in the southwest and northeast areas of the city of Alba.
The main difference between these two amazing wines is that Barbaresco is lighter and less tannic than Barolo.
Barbera is another important grape in Piemonte.
With their notes of black cherry and anise, Barbera wines are very versatile, robust and easily paired with different food.
Barbera d’Asti and Barbera del Monferrato Superiore are the only two DOCG.
Then we have Dolcetto grape: wines made with this grape are quite tannic and dark, with flavours of blackberry and licorice, generally less expensive than Barbera and Nebbiolo wines.
Three wines made with tis grape have been awarded with the DOCG: Dogliani, Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore and Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba.
If you want to discover these fantastic wines and discover Piemonte, you should book one of the popular wine tours around the region.
You won’t just visit vineyards and take part in tasting sessions, but also go for truffle huntings and cookery lessons!
Pairing wines and food is a real art and you will have the chance to learn some little secrets!
Which wine from Piemonte do you prefer?
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