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Piedmont: not only Barolo and Barbaresco
What Makes Piedmont a Perfect Wine Region?
- Piedmont boasts an ancient winemaking tradition, with the first references to the Nebbiolo grape dating back to the 13th century. It is the land of Barolo and Barbaresco – the former conceived by Marchesi Falletti di Barolo in the 19th century. These world-class wines only account for about 3% of Piedmont’s wine output, meaning that this region has a lot more to offer.
- What makes this region especially suitable for wine production is the unique geology. Delimiting Piedmont on three sides, the alps create a perfect environment for viticulture – the continental climate favors considerable diurnal shifts during warmer months.
- A long time ago, the hills of Piedmont were completely submerged by the Adriatic sea. As the water receded, moderately fertile lands covered by marine sediments started emerging. Such soils allow vineyards to thrive and produce high quality grapes.
- In Northeastern Piedmont, the collapse of an ancient volcano resulted in a small river valley, Valsesia, boasting one of the world’s widest variety of soils. The Sesia-Valgrande Geopark became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2013. Usually referred to as the wines of “Alto Piemonte”, Nebbiolo-based reds from this area are slowly garnering international accolades. In the future, Gattinara, Ghemme and Bramaterra – just to name a few – might be as renowned and sought-after as Barolo and Barbaresco.