3 DAYS IN PIEDMONT (AND WAY TOO SHORT)
Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian) is located in North-West Italy. It has stunning views of vineyards, hills and slopes and very charming villages (my favourite was La Morra, picture below). It has a moderate continental climate and is surrounded by the Alps at the North and the Apennines, providing protection from winds and rains.
Back in summer 2018, my twin and I traveled across Italy and stayed 3 days in Piedmont. It was the occasion to taste some very good quality, long-lived and recognised wines (alongside with the incredible local food) from Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG: Roberto Voerzio and Gaja for instance. They are nebbiolo based-wines, a high tannin grape variety that usually ages very well.
But nebbiolo is only the 4th most planted grape variety of the region. Piedmont has therefore a lot more to offers. The most popular and planted grape variety is the more affordable but well-structured barbera, a red variety used for Barbera d'Asti DOCG. Dolcetto is also one of the red grape variety, fruity with low acidity (Docetto d'Alba DOC, Dogliani DOCG).
White grape varieties include the indigenous cortese (Cortese di Gavi DOCG, Gavi di Gavi DOCG) and arneis (Roero Arneis DOCG). And of course, among the most internationally known wines from Piemonte, are the sparkling wines of Moscato d'Asti DOCG and Asti Spumante DOCG, from moscato bianco (2nd most planted variety of the region).
Quite different but still bubbly, red variety brachetto is used to produce Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, a sweet sparkling red wine.
In La Morra, the best restaurant with a fabulous view and a great wine list was definitely l’Osteria del Vignaoilo.
I would also recommand visiting Coppo in Canelli (Asti region) with stunning underground wine cellars and welcoming people.
3 days was definitely not enough and I can't wait to go back!
Vineyards in La Morra