The image of Piedmont as an excellent Region for high quality crop and food processing productions has constantly increased over the years. This is particularly emphasized in the vine-growing sector, characterized by a safeguarded production of 16 D.O.C.G and 43 D.O.C. wines, which are mainly made from the grapes of about twenty autochthonous vines... read more »
The image of Piedmont as an excellent Region for high quality crop and food processing productions has constantly increased over the years. This is particularly emphasized in the vine-growing sector, characterized by a safeguarded production of 16 D.O.C.G and 43 D.O.C. wines, which are mainly made from the grapes of about twenty autochthonous vines.
These wines have become the emblem and ambassador of Piedmont and Italy all over the world thanks to their great quality, resulting from the excellent labour of a thousand wine makers and the deep connection these wines have with their own production area. Places such as “Langhe”, “Roero”, “Monferrato”and the hills of northern Piedmont, are even legendary.
Unesco Heritage: Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato This landscape covers five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes and the Castle of Cavour, an emblematic name both in the development of vineyards and in Italian history. It is located in the southern part of Piedmont, between the Po River and the Ligurian Apennines, and encompasses the whole range of technical and economic processes relating to the winegrowing and winemaking that has characterized the region for centuries. Vine pollen has been found in the area dating from the 5th century BC, when Piedmont was a place of contact and trade between the Etruscans and the Celts; Etruscan and Celtic words, particularly wine-related ones, are still found in the local dialect. During the Roman Empire, Pliny the Elder mentions the Piedmont region as being one of the most favourable for growing vines in ancient Italy; Strabo mentions its barrels. (whc.unesco.org)
Piedmont is the Land of Wines par excellance: 45,000 ha of vineyards on the hills and in the alpine and prealpine region where harvesting is made by hand and the yield per hectare is poor (2.5 million HL yearly) in order to enhance the quality;
The Langhe, maybe one of the most well-known hilly areas, extend along the right riverbank of Tanaro. The highly specialised wine-growing gives to these areas a peculiar appeal that makes it a source of tourist attraction as well. As much as 70% of production is represented by DOC wines. The wines produced in this area are: Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbaresco, Barolo, Dolcetto d'Alba, Dolcetto di Diano, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi Moscato d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba.
Roero. The Roero hills are included in the areas of Cuneo and Asti. The Roero is characterised by a sandy soil which allows not only the production of red wines as Roero rosso or white wine as Roero Arneis and Favorita, but also excellent agricultural products, such as peaches or strawberries.
Monferrato. The Monferrato district lies in the areas of Asti and Alessandria. Here the soil is sandy and calcareous and develops into looming hills, partially cultivated, partially wooded. In this area Nebbiolo grapes are mainly grown and other famous wines such as Barbera, Barolo and Barbaresco are produced. Close »