Discover the appellations from Piedmont
The story of the Italian Piedmont began with the Etruscan people, who came to Italy around 500 BC. Thanks to them, the region quickly became known for its wine across the entire country. Romans, Greeks, Celts... everybody saw the Piedmont as one of the best wine producing regions in Italy; it even grew to become the central hub of the wine trade in Europe. Pliny the Elder himself sang the praises of the Piedmont and its vineyards.
Today, Piedmont is still one of the most famous Italian wine regions. Its vineyard can produce over 50 different DOCs and DOCGs (respectively "Denominazione di Origine Controllata" and "Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita", that is to say the local equivalents to the French AOCs). Here, at the foot of the Alps, winter is harsh and summer hot and dry. The soils of this vineyard are not very generous, with their blend of clay, sand and limestone deposits.
The 60,000 hectares Piedmont vineyard has an output of 3 millions hectoliters of wine per year. The list of appellations is long: Barolo, Barbaresco (these two appellations are actually as highly reputed as some of the finest Bordeaux ones), Gattinara, Asti... The local grape varieties available can produce red wine as well as white wine. Among them, you'll find the Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Moscato and many others. Since 2014, the Piedmont vineyard has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List (like the Saint-Émilion vineyard) under the official name "Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato".
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