One of the best ways to explore Piedmont (or as they say “peh-ah-MON-tey”), Italy is through its Italian wines.
Drink your way through the region and you’ll discover quite a range of styles: from the bold and age-worthy red wines of Nebbiolo to the delicate, sweet, fizzy white wines of Moscato d’Asti. If you didn’t know it already, Piedmont (Piemonte) is one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine-growing regions.
Of Italy’s 20 major wine regions, Piedmont ranks 6th in the highest production volume.
It’s known for high quality and produces more DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita — Italy’s top wine classification) designated wines than any other region.
In Piedmont, there are a total of 59 regions (including Barolo, Gabiano, Barbera d’Asti, etc.) and the name of the region is listed prominently on Piedmont wine labels (often noted alongside the variety).
While regional names are numerous and complex, there are only a dozen or so grape varieties that highlight the most important wines of the area. Getting to know these grapes (and their wines) is a great way to get acquainted with the Piedmont culinary style and you’ll discover that the wines perfectly complement the region’s meaty, truffle-infused, rustic recipes.