Piedmont, in the far north-west of Italy, enjoys an unrivaled seat among the world’s very finest wine regions. Piedmont sits at the foot of the Alps with Turin being the capital of the region. Nebbiolo is Piemonte’s noblest grape and is, with the Sangiovese of Toscana, the grape responsible for most of Italy’s greatest wines. Barolo and Barbaresco, are Nebbiolo’s most important wine appellations. Roero is considered to be a young appellation has highly distinctive wines with an excellent price/quality ratio. These wines can be consumed young thanks to vinification techniques or stored for decades. The Nebbiolo is characterized by its colour that changes as it ages and on the soil. The Nebbiolo grape is often compared to Burgundy’s Pinot noir. In the vineyards you will not only find the Nebbiolo but also the Barbera and the Dolcetto. Barbera and Dolcetto are often grown alongside the Nebbiolo vines in the same terroir. The quality of these grape varieties have significantly improved the past 20 years years.Barbera produces wines of superb balance with an authentic character and by a high level of vibrant acids.Dolcetto has an intense, fruity, fine and elegant bouquet with an attractive ripe aroma of red currants and blackberries. White wines DOCG Moscato d’Asti en DOCG Asti Spumante are famous around the world. The Moscato is a soft sparkling white wine, and has low alcohol content ( 5.5 percent.) it is produced in such a way to conserve the basic aroma of nutmeg. The Asti Spumante is made from the same grape but is a dry sparkling wine. Arneis has become synonymous with the wines of Roero. Arneis wines are charming, wines with intense mineral and fruity notes and consist of a palate-cleansing zing of minerals and acid.
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