Piedmont

Piedmont, located in the northwest of Italy, has its capital in Turin and is home to some of the world’s most prestigious grapes and wines. While in recent times, the best known have come from the southern part of the region, the historic center was located much further north, nestled at the foot of the Alps. Some 100 years ago, nearly 100,000 acres of vineyards stretched between the mountains and the Po Valley. Lessona and Gattinara were the names of world-renowned wines made from Nebbiolo grapes, cousins to their relatives Barolo and Barbaresco in the south. Today, only around 2,500 acres of land remain in production —too attractive were the region’s jobs in the automobile and textiles industries, and too small the vineyards after generations of dividing the land. Today, we are witnessing the renaissance of winemaking in the unique terroir of Alto Piemonte. .

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