PIEMONTE is one of Italy’s 20 administrative regions. Piemonte’s finest wines come from the Langhe, a group of hills in southern Piemonte, located in the north east of Cuneo province. The focal point in the Lower Langhe (‘bassa Langhe‘) is the city of Alba, which lies in an amphitheatre of hills with the River Tanaro forming the city’s northwestern flank.

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY / Capital city: Torino (Turin) (TO). Provinces: Alessandria (AL), Asti (AT), Cuneo (CN), Novara (NO), Torino (TO) and Vercelli (VC).

DENOMINATIONS DOC & DOCG–ASTI AREA (‘ASTIGIANO’)

DOCG | Asti DOCG. / Barbera d’Asti DOCG. / Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG or Acqui DOCG. / Nizza DOCG. / Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG.

DOC | Albugnano DOC. / Calosso DOC. / Cisterna d’Asti DOC. / Dolcetto d’Asti DOC. / Freisa d’Asti DOC. / Grignolino d’Asti DOC. / Loazzolo DOC. / Malvasia di Casorzo d’Asti DOC. / Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco DOC. / Terre Alfieri DOC. 

DENOMINATIONS DOC & DOCG–LANGHE AREA

DOCGS | Alta Langa DOCG. / Barbaresco DOCG. / Barolo DOCG. / Dogliani DOCG. / Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba or Diano d’Alba DOCG. / Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore or Ovada DOCG. / Roero DOCG. / Roero Arneis DOCG. / Roero Riserva DOCG

DOCS | Alba DOC. / Barbera d’Alba DOC. / Dolcetto d’Alba DOC. / Dolcetto di Ovada DOC. / Langhe DOC. / Langhe Nebbiolo DOC. / Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC. / Verduno Pelaverga DOC. 

DENOMINATIONS DOC & DOCG–MONFERRATO AREA

DOCGS | Barbera del Monferrato Superiore DOCG. / Gavi or Cortese di Gavi DOCG. 

DOCS | Barbera del Monferrato DOC. / Colli Tortonesi DOC. / Cortese del Alto Monferrato DOC. / Dolcetto d’Acqui DOC. / Gabiano DOC. / Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC. / Monferrato DOC. / Piemonte (in the areas of Alessandria, Asti, Cuneo) DOC. / Rubino di Cantavenna DOC. / Strevi DOC. 

DENOMINATIONS DOC & DOCG–NORTH PIEMONTE AREA

DOCGS Erbaluce di Caluso or Caluso DOCG. / Gattinara DOCG. / Ghemme DOCG

DOCS | Boca DOC. / Bramaterra DOC. / Canavese DOC. / Carema DOC. / Collina Torinese DOC. / Colline Novaresi DOC. / Colline Saluzzesi DOC. / Coste della Sesia DOC. / Fara DOC. / Freisa di Chieri DOC. / Lessona DOC. / Pinerolese DOC. / Sizzano DOC. / Valli Ossolane DOC. / Valsusa DOC. 

NATIVE GRAPES–RED |

NATIVE GRAPES–WHITE

VINEYARD AREA

WINE PRODUCTION

GASTRONOMY

Breadsticks (grissini) were first produced in Turin in the C17th.

Chestnuts are very traditional in Piemonte.

Truffles White truffles come from Alba, which can be shaved over risotto, polenta and pasta, or even submerged in fonduta, a fondue made with Fontina cheese.

Vegetables Cardoon, an edible thistle related to the artichoke, has its own dedicated dip called bagna cauda (‘warm bath’) based on garlic and anchovies which can be served with other vegetables or pasta.

Vermouth This was first produced in Turin in the C18th.