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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  • 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...

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Ciabot Berton

    From the Cantina Ciabot Berton sited in La Morra, the enchanting landscape of the Langhe area st...

  • Dessilani

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

  • Massolino

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

  • Coppo

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

  • Carlo Giacosa

    Since in Barbaresco the vine was not the Mistress of the hills, Donato Giacosa, the father of ...

  • 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...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • St Joe is one of the most underrated regions IMO. Crozes too actually - I have ... the north and south Rhone, Piedmont, Tuscany, parts of Spain and elsewhere may become increasingly expensive, but I don't think any of them will ever be another Burgundy, any more than any place will ever be another Bordeaux. There's no "need" for them as the co... Read More

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  • Osel Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato 2011

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    Interesting Italian wine made from the Ruche grape. Initially there was a touch of smoke on the nose but that dissipated into dark cherry and ripe plum. On the palate again there's nice black and red berries, a touch of black licorice, some earthiness, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Al if it's true that you have 400 some bottles and you've only been ... wines from the N. Rhone and Piedmont and maybe the occasional Brunello and maybe a few collectibles from Spain.I don't know what you have but as a general rule, wine clubs are not a really good way to acquire cellar-worthy wines. Best case, you'll just over pay. I have a f... Read More

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  • In the context of prices being demanded and met by so many over-hyped ... ... though we've helped give Piedmont too much attention here which hasn't helped price curves (for the consumer, anyway), these prices are still oh-so-cheap for what you're getting. And, they're even in their proper drinking windows...   The town of Barbaresco Barbaresc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Podere Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna Cappella di Santo Stefano 2000

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    Didn't appreciate this well, just because the Montevetrano was so intense. But this was lovely and light and yet full-bodied. Read More

    Wine review by MTripp


  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Conca Barolo 2009

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

    Wine review by anchca


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