Piemonte is a hilly area with gusts of fog, forests where truffles are found and interspersed with rustic villages. It borders Switzerland to the north and France to the west. As the name says, it lies at the foot of the mountains in the Alps. It has a continental winter climate, so it is colder than, for example, Bordeaux, while it is at the same geographical height. It also rains less.
Piemonte is the only place where the nebbiolo grape really feels at home. Piemonte therefore tops the list when it comes to the total number of planted hectares in the world of this grape variety. Piemonte and nebbiolo are inextricably linked.
The best wines from Piemonte are made from the Nebbiolo grape, but the Barbera grape is the most planted. The Barbera grape also delivers surprisingly good wines. In addition, the Dolcetta is a widely used grape and also a sparkling wine is made, the Asti Spumante, from the Muscat grape. The best Italian wines are made in, amongst others, Piemonte.
Piedmont is synonymous with red wine for most people. However, one should not ignore the bubbly and a few delectable white wines. The Dolcetta is a widely used grape and a sparkling wine is made, the Asti Spumante, from the Muscat grape.