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Wines from Piemonte

Piedmont, whose administrative capital is Turin, is the second largest region in Italy. The meaning of the name itself is: "the foot of the mountains". The vineyards cover an area of 59,000 ha, of which 43,700 ha are DOCG / DOC. Annual production is 3.1 million hl, of which 80% is DOCG/DOC of which 65% is red wine. The region is known internationally for its outstanding wines. Piedmont is best known for its red wines, including the famous Barolo and Barbaresco. However, Piedmont is also very popular for its Spumante d'Asti.

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Taking up the teaching of the Romans on the art of winemaking, the Renaissance revived wine making in Piedmont. The government of Cavour encourages and develops these ancestral traditions. A century ago, the wines produced in this region were already of very high quality, exporting the great Piedmontese vintages to the best European and American tables.

As far as the climate is concerned, no environment could be more favourable to the vine than that of the hills of the Pre-Alps and Apennines, offering freshness, shade and a temperate climate, far from the great heat of the Mediterranean. As the seasons are therefore marked, winter can be harsh, with heavy snowfalls. Some great wines even come from the foothills of the Alps, on the Lake Maggiore and Aosta Valley side. But the epicentre of the creation of great Piedmontese wines is the town of Alba (Monferrato region).

In Piedmont there are 42 top-level DOCs, six territorial appellations and no fewer than 16 prestigious DOCGs. Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa are generally used for the reds, while for the whites, Arneis, Cortes, Favorita and Moscato are the main varieties. This has not prevented some winegrowers from also cultivating non-native varieties, particularly French, which have become well integrated into the Piedmontese landscape.

Finally, Piedmont is above all the leading producer of sparkling wines in the world. Asti is the capital of sparkling wines. DOCG applies to Asti Spumante sparkling wine, but also to the slightly more sparkling Moscato d'Asti. In volume, Asti ranks just behind Chianti with an annual production of 60 million liters. In fact, it is mainly sales abroad that increase this figure. Worldwide demand is so strong that Moscato di Canelli wine is out of stock.

Last category: still white wines. Gavi has a dry, yet elegant style that allows it to be paired with seafood or fish. It has also recently been promoted to DOCG.