Piemonte

Located in North West Italy, this region is the mecca for Nebbiolo and Moscato lovers. The city of Turin is in this region. A heavy fog covers the region during November, giving the land a layer of charm.

1. The Land

Surrounded by the Apennines and the Alps. The Po River flows through the middle of the region eastwards. It has a continental climate.

2. The Soil

The soils are mostly calcareous marl. The marl from the Tortonian epoch found mostly in La Morra and Barolo, produces fruitier and elegant styles while the marl from the Helvetian epoch found mostly in Serralunga and Monforte has a higher proportion of sandstone resulting in wines with more structure and aging ability. Above the Tanaro River, in Roero, the soils are sandier.

3. The Produce

The region is defined by the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo is used to make famous wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. The region is also known for its truffles, hazelnuts, Tajarin pasta and breed of lean piemontese beef. A popular dessert in Piedmont is the famous Pannacotta made from sugar and gelatin, flavoured by vanilla and other flavourings.

Did you know?

- “Piemonte” means the “foot of the mountain.

- A popular wine is Moscato from the area of Asti made into the style of a sweet sparkling wine. The best ones have an aroma of flowers and a good balance between acid and sweetness. Two of our producers, Mustela and Erpacrife makes them.

- It has an indigenous grape called “Nascetta” that has been revived 5 years ago and is now made by a very small number of wineries into a floral wine. Our wine producer, Diego Conterno carries one.

- It takes about 3 hours to drive to Nice, France from Turin, the capital of Piemonte.