Monferrato (Montferrat in English) is part of the Piedmont (‘Piemonte’) region of northwestern Italy. It comprises roughly the modern provinces of Alessandria and Asti. Montferrat is one of the most important wine districts of Italy. It also has a strong literary tradition, including the 18th century Asti-born poet and dramatist Vittorio Alfieri and the Alessandrian Umberto Eco. In 2014 Montferrato was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The territory is cut in two by the Tanaro river. The northern or ‘low’ part (Basso Monferrato) lies between that river and the Po (river). It is an area of rolling hills and plains. The southern or ‘high’ part (Alto Monferrato) rises from the banks of the Tanaro into the mountains of the Apennines and the water divide between Piedmont and Liguria.
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 DOC (in the areas of Alessandria, Asti, Cuneo). | Piemonte DOC Brachetto. | Piemonte DOC Albarossa. | Rubino di Cantavenna DOC. | Strevi DOC.