Piedmonte, meaning foothills, still remains predominantly small family farmed vineyard sites. They differ from the rest of Italy as they are famous for single varietal wines as opposed to blends. Here nebbiolo is king, creating the velvety yet tannic wines of Barolo and Barbaresco that are some of the most cellarable in the country. For a wine that doesn’t require years of cellaring try the Barbera and Dolcetto wines of the Asti and Alba region.
Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato
To be deemed Barolo the wine must have at least 2 years aging in oak and at least 1 year in bottle before release.