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Follow us in a wine route in the Piedmont region, Italy

Posted by smadar Palace on Fri, Apr, 08, 2016


The wines of Piedmont, Italy are as diverse as the region itself. Cool air from the Alps combines with the warm, sun-drenched Mediterranean climate, to produce a varietal playground for wine lovers. Manicured landscape gives way to rolling, vine-clad hills, heavy with the grapes that make this region so unique. Piedmont is home to more prestigious DOCG wines -the best Italian wines-than any other region in Italy. A wine tour of Italy’s Piemonte is a must for any wine aficionado.

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You can’t discuss the wines of Italy’s second largest region without first recognizing the king and queen of Italian wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. Both of these unique reds products of the Nebbiolo grape, and grown in opposite sides of the town of Alba. Barolo is located southwest of Alba and Barbaresco is to the northeast. What a difference a few miles makes!

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Barbaresco, the more northern area, has soil which is limestone based, thus producing a softer wine, that carries less tannins. The Nebbiolo used to make Barolo wines grow in sandstone, creating a thicker skin and a bolder wine. Both are unique and specific to the Piedmont wine region.

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With five distinct wine-growing areas in the Piedmont region, you might expect more wines worthy of your time, in addition to the king and queen. Other notable reds of the region are Barbera, a versatile and pleasing wine, and Dolcetto d’Alba, which is a dry red, in spite of the name, which translates to “little sweet one”. Both of these reds are a source of pride in the Piemonte region. 

Sparkling Wines

Though the reds tend to take center stage in the Piedmont wine region, there are some highly-touted white varieties as well. The ancient grape Moscato Bianco lends it’s flavor to Moscato d’Asti, and Asti Spumonte. Moscato D’Asti, a lightly sparkling wine, is often considered of higher quality than the more heavily sparkling Asti Spumante.

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From hundreds of wineries to visit and countless opportunities for a wine tasting, Piedmont wine region is a superb destination for a wine tour.

Here is a sample itinerary to discover the wines of Piedmont  
 

Topics: Wine Tour Italy, wine Tours, Piedmont, piemonte, best italian wine, northern italy, italian wine

The best places to visit in the Piedmont region

Posted by smadar Palace on Wed, Feb, 03, 2016


Gently cupped by the Swiss Alps, Piedmont, Italy is known for it’s breathtaking hill country, fertile farms and vineyards, and historic landscape, which borders Switzerland and France. This second largest region is somewhat influenced by her neighbors, but, be assured, Piemonte, as it is known in Italian, has a rich pedigree, all her own. This beloved region of Italy emanates a distinct and remarkable flavor, which can’t be duplicated.

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/discover-piedmont-italyIf there were but one word to describe Piedmont, Italy, it would be “harmonious’. From the seamless way lush, verdant hills roll between the sweeping Alps and picturesque valleys, to the centuries-old techniques, adapted and used by winemakers today, and flawless mixture of both urban and rural cultures throughout Piemonte, voices, old and new, blend in a timeless melody.

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Foodies and wine connoisseurs alike will delight in the easy pace of Piemonte. Food is savored and memories made on the palate. The growing, grassroots Slow Food Movement began in Piedmont, where geographic diversity allows for farm-to-table foods to be enjoyed year-round. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of slow-food, be ready to feed your senses, while enjoying food and wine to the fullest.

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The white truffle of Alba, a delight of gastronomes everywhere, is rare and specific to the region of Piemonte. These delectable beauties are the most expensive truffles in the world, selling for about $200.00 US per oz. To unearth a white truffle of Alba is to discover a treasure.

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The wines of the Piemonte region are as diversified as the landscape. When the ice-cold temperatures combine with the warmth of the Mediterranean, the result is an excellent grape. One of the grape varieties specific to the region is the Nebbiolo, used to produce both the full-bodied Barolo and Barbaresco reds, also known as the king and queen of Italian wines.

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The wine-growing region of Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful landscape covers five distinct wine-growing areas. In fact, the Piedmont region has been considered the “most favorable” for growing vines and producing wine, since the Roman Empire.

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Turin is the crown-jewel of Northern Italy. The medieval architecture, 18th century castle, elegant gardens and public squares grace much of the Left Bank of the Po River. In addition to the historic and elegant cafes, which served as a meeting place for such literary royalty as Puccini, and Neitzche, Dumas and Cavour, Turin has gifted the world with the Fiat sports car, and has been known as the chocolate heart of Europe since the 1600’s. Hot chocolate and chocolate-hazelnut spread were both invented here.


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Wish to see a sample itinerary to Piedmont, Italy? Read Discover Piemonte


Topics: Italy, Piedmont, Northwest Italy