Piemonte is synonymous with the singular pleasures of Nebbiolo, a grape that moulds Pinot’s elegance to Cabernet’s sturdy frame. The subtle perfume, the formidable tannins, and the scorching acidity offer the wine lover a chance to swear allegiance to the grape in its most intractable form. Nebbiolo is the wine lover’s rite of passage, reserved for those who have cut their teeth on the discreet charms of Bordeaux and Rioja, those who have proved their worth and who are ready for a relationship destined to try their patience.
Wine Estates in Piemonte
But Piemonte offers so much more than just Barolo and Barbaresco. Cortese’s citrus tang, Dolcetto’s moreish black fruit and Barbera’s rustic charms are all part of a viticultural mosaic that covers every inch of Piemonte’s mountainous countenance. Viticulture falls into two broad bands running, for the most part, east-west. The northern belt follows the curve of the Alps from the Ligurian border in the south around to Lombardy in the east whilst the southern strip comprises the broad foothills between the River Po and the Ligurian Alps.