Piedmont Wine

 

The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Alps and the Appenine Mountains. These help to moderate the hot and dry summers, with cool, foggy springs and autumns, and frigid winters. There are a whopping 52 DOC/DOCGs zones, with the most famous being Asti (for both Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante), the two Barbera districts, Barbaresco, the six Dolcetto districts, the Freisas, the Grignolinos, Langhe, Monferato and of course, Barolo Chinato. Tradition is the region’s most valued currency, and no other region in Italy, perhaps the world, holds as much importance to tradition in respect to sense of place, methods of viticulture and loyalty to craftsmanship as the Piedmontese. In Piedmont there are no IGT’s (a non-specific regional label with loose standards for ingredients and methods).
 
Piedmont has undergone many landlords. It was first settled by the Celtics, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the marauding Read more »

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  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Tosti

    TOSTI is located at Canelli, in the heart of the area with Controlled Denomination of Origin for ...

  • Ettore Germano

    The "Germano Ettore" estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Ce...

  • Cantine SanSilvestro di Sartirano Figli s.n.c.

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly pro...

  • Coppo

    The Coppo family history intertwines with the development of the City of Canelli, which in the ea...

  • G.B. Burlotto

    Our wines are created in an ancient structure, which surrounds an interior garden. Fermentation t...

  • Massolino

    Established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, the winery has been dedicated to the production of gre...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... which is how most wine in Piedmont or hell, all of Italy, France, Croatia, used to be. People learned to treat things more gently these days and that's one reason wines world-wide today aren't as harsh when young as they once were.That rotary fermenter eliminate... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Mark, I am partly responsible for the confusion because earlier (like, three ... all uncommon to see botte in Piedmont that are 20 hl, 40 hl... so 2000 liters, etc.  We saw some much bigger still.  Sadly, I cannot access any photos right now, but we certainly saw some that were 10-12 feet tall.  They are not standardized.  Some Barolo makers u... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • I'm kind of glad this one came back to life as I was checking in for the ... travels. Especially in Piedmont, where barrels (botte v. barrique, to be more precise) occupy a lot of mental and emotional real estate.  Most of the traditionalists won't put their Barolo in new oak, period.  They use the new botte for Barbera for a few years to get ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • This offer from Ian Cauble is looking pretty attractive, too... Winter has ... ... Nebbiolo vineyards in Piedmont, with a reputation for producing timeless wines with unique character.  This wine is also unique in Brovia’s nebbiolo pantheon in that it spends no time in oak barrels.  The combination of cooler climate, higher elevation, and a li... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Conca Barolo 2009

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    Banana, spice, and coconut. Coconut overpowering. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2011

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    A bit hot. Popcorn, spice and vanilla. Minerals and earth. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • The Scherrers respond personally to every email I send them.  They are ... out, or Gianni Cannonica. Piedmont is special, but not unique. At family owned wineries--Teldeschi in DCV or Oddero in Barolo--hospitality and generosity seem to be the rule.Good saying: Love what you do and you will never have to work a day in your life.  Some winemake... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are Winemakers All Just the...


  • What's the price on those Brovia Garblet Sue bottles?  I think I need ... compiling my notes from the Piedmont trip.  But I'll say that the wines that stick in my mine even now are the Barbaresco from Oddero, the Garblet Sue from Brovia, the Tre Stelle Barbaresco from Cascina della Rosa, the Monvigliero from Burlotto, and that Fennochio.  Abso... Read More

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  • How on earth does someone find a Barolo that actually has some age on it, ... ... ... we share an affinity for Piedmont wines and have now written jointly on his excellent blog about them.  Thanks to Secret Santa for the good intelligence on what Lucha is interested in!  I had no idea, from all his posts here and on his blog, that he was inter... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


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  • Interesting. I am just planning a small horizontal, only 8 wines, of 2005 Barolo with one of my blind tasting groups. I'll report the results early next month. Thanks for sharing your impressions.

    Comment by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I'm a little lax on my report but here are the highlights of a recent Piedmont wine tasting in late Jan: Had to chance to taste the following and I have ranked them in order of preference: 1. Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2005, 4.5 stars,($90) 2. Cavalotto Barolo Brico Boschis 2005, 4.25 stars, ($65) 3. Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005, 4 stars, (...

    Comment by 259542Michael759 259542 Michael759


  • 2005 was an interesting vintage in Piedmont. Hope you share you impressions with everyone in the forum!

    Comment by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Going to a Piedmont wine tasting on Friday..will get to try the Azelia 2005 Barolo and a few other tasty delights from the region

    Comment by 259542Michael759 259542 Michael759


  • Looking for a reasonable priced Barolo the check out the Renato Ferrero La Moorra Barolo's. Great wine for the price! The 2004 Gattera e Luciani,DOCG is in the $39.- 40. range and is excellent. The higher priced is the 2003 Manzoni, DOCG $65.00 range!

    Comment by 38376ATootsie 38376 ATootsie


  • I am trying to find bosco Galli Piemonte Moscato and Caluso Passito

    Comment by 268156Dishes123 268156 Dishes123


  • The header of this page lists the 2004 Pio Cesare Barolo at US $19.21. Don't we wish!

    Comment by 161710Mart P 161710 Mart P


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