Monday, September 22, 2014 in News
Italian wine is enjoying a fabulous renaissance and nowhere is this more evident than the spectacular region of Piedmont in northern Italy.
Stunningly beautiful, this steep hilly region is surrounded by the Alps of Switzerland, France and the Italian Apennines. The region is prized for its red wines which are amongst Italy’s finest and most complex. Piedmont's climate is continental with long cool autumn weather allowing steady ripening producing fragrant, ripe fruit.
Piedmont prides itself on having 51 DOC and DOCG zones with these classified wines making up over 60% of production. There are over 52,500 ha of vineyard area dominated by the red grape varieties; Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera. The most notable, long-lived and prestigious wines are those of Barolo and Barbaresco, made from the Nebbiolo grape, many of which take decades to reach maturity. The region also produces the fragrant whites Gavi and Arneis and the beautiful, perfumed sparkling Moscato styles.
The evolution in viticulture and winemaking practices over the last decade or two has seen the once formidable Nebbiolo variety producing wines with richer fruit, riper tannins and greater approachability than ever before. And unlike Bordeaux or Burgundy, Piedmont has not seen a really poor vintage since 2002.
Combine these elements with the fact that the great Barolos and Barbarescos are still relatively under-priced in the global market and you can understand why Piedmont is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world today.
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