Region Overview- Piedmont

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PIEDMONT

The name Piemonte comes from medieval Latin Pedemontium or Pedemontis, meaning “at the foot of the mountains.” It is located in northwest Italy, and borders Switzerland and France. True to its name, Piemonte is a land of mountains, surrounded on three sides by the Alps which serve as the background for sweeping, picturesque landscapes dotted with vineyards, small towns, and castles. Prior to the reunification of Italy, Piemonte was considered the “capital” region of Italy. Today, it is revered for its great reds made from the Nebbiolo grape (also called Spanna) including Barolo and Barbaresco. Barbera is the most widely planted red varietal and Moscato is the most widely planted white.

IMPORTANT GRAPE VARIETIES: IMPORTANT WINE TYPES:
White Red
  • Arneis
  • Cortese (Gavi)
  • Erbaluce
  • Favorita
  • Moscato (Asti)
  • Barbera
  • Bonarda
  • Brachetto
  • Dolcetto
  • Freisa
  • Grignolino
  • Nebbiolo or Spanna in the Novara hills (Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Ghemme)
  • Ruche’
White Red
  • Arneis Roero
  • Erbaluce di Caluso
  • Gavi
  • Barbera d’Alba/Asti
  • Barolo, Barbaresco
  • Brachetto d’Acqui
  • Dolcetto d’Alba/Asti/ Acqui, Carema
  • Gattinara
  • Ghemme
  • Grignolino d’Alba/d’Asti/ del Monferrato
  • Nebbiolo d’Alba
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