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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Barbera

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

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  • Massolino

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

  • Tosti

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

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

    When an activity like wine making – poetical and practical at the same time – is passed down from...

  • Dessilani

    Respect for the territory and for the grapes, the elegance of the wine, the pleasant feeling when...

  • Vietti

    Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithogr...

  • Coppo

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

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  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1996


    Not a strong nose for me, but did smell a little spice. Not my favorite wine that night, but solid. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer

  • Barolo Roc Cast Oddero 1996


    Cherries and powdered sugar aromas. Acidic body, vegetal, very rustic, burnt, quite tannic, with heavy oak, leather, black fruit, and a bit of molasses. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1996


    Cherry, red licorice nose. Nice vegetal, herbal flavors with a red fruit edge. Hints of dark chocolate, spice, cedar box, and light leather. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Barolo Roc Cast Oddero 1996


    Minty and hugely intense out of the bottle, after being opened for 8 hours, with a touch of underlying chicken broth but big tones of black olive, rust, and fish bones. Absolutely succulent in the mouth with deep. rich fruit and a big hoppy/vegetal/floral tones that leads from the mid-palate to the long finish that really resonates with minerali... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1996


    This has a nicely integrated sweet wood tone on the nose but plenty of slightly gamy, medicinal fruit backing it up with strong notes of beet, licorice and menthol. It comes off as well polished even though the tannins are a bit stiff and woody. It's got a great core of black cherry fruit and the acids keep it finely focused allowing it to unfur... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Luigi Pira Barolo 2004


    This is a hard wine to love right now. The nose has great notes of earth and dried berry fruits with a deep medicinal spice tone but the palate is so muscular it's tough going at the moment but there seems to be good reserves of fruit for the very long haul. A throwback wine that recalls how Barolo was made 30 years ago and probably a very good ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004


    Very intense nose, like stepping in a meadow with crushed alpine flowers, a touch of crushed chive, grass, cow patty, nettle then liquory fruit that is spicy and complex with a bit of a dried/concentrated note to the wild berry fruit 3+Big in the mouth with a polished smooth feel, packed with perfectly ripe tannins and excellent acids, faceted a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Mauro Veglio Barolo 2004


    Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.Dark and deep on the nose with great complexity to the brooding aromatics that feature balsamic and mineral tones to the dark berry fruit. Oak is there but fairly well balanced. Excellent freshness with a menthol topnote 3+Medium full in the mouth with good acidity just a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • La Cantina Delle 7 Donne Piemonte Barbera 2007


    Dry and fruity. This is a really good Barbera that one can get at Rossmann drogeries in Germany. It is a pleasure to drink. I will have to get more, and maybe even send some back to the states with me. Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

  • Barolo DOCG la Morra 2004


    A bit of smoke, moderated fruitiness. Elegant balance. Perfect to drink now. Served with Roasted Mushroom, new garlic, asparagus, fresh rosemary and shrimp over pasta. Read More

    Wine review by ruymann

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