Piemonte directly translates to ‘foot of the mountains’ and with the region surrounded by the Alps it’s easy to see the reason for its name. This region does produce quality white wines but it is arguably the red wines, namely from the grape Nebbiolo, that gives Piemonte its fame.
Facts about Piemonte Region Wines
Love Barolo but not the price tag? Look for wines from the Langhe, these are often Nebbiolo based and offer great value and quality.
The only grape variety used in Gavi production is called Cortese. A crisp fresh wine, perfect with seafood.
Thinking of visiting the region? Head out between September and January and book yourself a truffle hunting tour! This is the season when you might just find some of Italy’s cherished, delicate and world famous white truffles in Alba.
Bubbles! Asti hasn’t always enjoyed the best reputation, but look out for Moscato d’Asti. Made well, this sweeter sparkling wine works beautifully as a light finish to a big meal.
Barbera and Dolcetto are the baby brothers in the red wine status here. Barbera loves a lick of oak and offers great full bodied flavours. Dolcetto is on the lighter end of the scale with lower acidity but plenty of structure from its tannins – drink it young to enjoy the ripe plum fruit.
Classifications (the technical bit)
Barolo DOCG must be made only from Nebbiolo and aged for a minimum of three years with at least half of this time ageing in oak, before release. Riservas must be left to age for a little longer – five years.
Although the time needed in oak remains at 18 months, it’s down to the winemaker’s discretion if or how long they extend this. When looking for indications of quality, the following labelling terms apply in ascending order with the better quality wines with tighter restrictions at the top – IGP, DOC, DOCG.
Selected Piemonte Wines
Hennings Wine says
We love to get behind innovative winemakers – check out the Fletcher range. Not your classic Italian name but this Aussie producer has firmly made his mark in Piemonte. He makes an incredibly complex Barolo and Barbaresco, but also a Chardonnay to rival the best in Burgundy and some other little quirky gems amongst the range too.