Piedmont

Known as the home of the slow food movement, the polar opposite of fast food, slow food's focus is fresh, organic, wholesome, old world, authentic and pure; think "from scratch" cooking. Piedmont is also home to some of Italy's premier wines including Alba, Asti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Monforte (Italian wines); as well as gourmet foods and delicacies such as truffles from Alba, Grana Padano, Murazzano, and Taleggio cheese, various salumi, such as carne cruda, as well as hazelnuts, olive oils, biscotti, gianduiotti, and many more delicious foods.



Wines of interest:
Wines of this region are seemingly all interesting and at least worth consideration. Naming just a few simply does not do the region justice however the conversation must begin with the wine often referred to as the “King of Kings”, Barolo. Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape varietal and is without a doubt one of the most sought after and luxurious wines available anywhere in the world. A key contributor to the high quality, while also a great example of this exemplary wine (Barolo), would be Gaja, a winemaker that consistently has produced some of the greatest wines ever created. Others Piedmontese wines of note include Barbaresco, Barbera, as well as the less established yet up and coming “Super Piedmont Blends” (a blend consisting of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto); a producer worth mentioning is Poderi Colla and their “Bricco del Drago”, this winemaker is perhaps the leading innovator and at the very least partially responsible for the growing popularity of the Super Piedmont Blend concept.
 
Specialty foods of this Italian region:
White truffles of Alba, various cheeses with Denomination of Protected Origin such as Grana Padano, a flavorful aromatic cheese with aromas of almond, it is a savory and salty cheese that is yellowish in color aged minimum of 270 days, it is granular, and made from partly-skimmed, raw cow’s milk. Taleggio also derived from cow’s milk, in this case pasteurized, and then aged, dry salted or brined. It is white in color with small holes and a granular consistency. It is semi-soft and has a soft, creamy, semi sweet flavor. Others of note include Gorgonzola, Murazzano, Tuma d’ Trausela, Toma Piedmontese, Rashera and Castelmagno. The region also is known for its hazelnuts, chestnuts, Carne Cruda (a raw veal dish prepared with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and truffle). Dry cured meats sausages and salumi are also typical foods as well as sweets (Dolce), including Biscotti, Amaretti, Torcetti, and Gianduiotti.

 
Must see places:
-Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum of Turin)
-Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Torino
-Museum of Contemporary Art located in the historic Castello di Rivoli (Castel of Rivoli)
-Lake Maggiore and or Lake Orta
-Portici di Torino
 
Interesting Facts about the region:
Piedmont Italy is home to the “slow food movement”; the concept is the counter to fast food and processed chemically enhanced “food products”. It is the movement to authentic, artisanal, pure, fresh and wholesome food creation; the creation of something special, something extraordinary; in essence the complete opposite of all things “fast food”.
Additionally Piedmont is the World’s premiere wine region featuring some of the best known as well as most highly awarded and respected wine anywhere. In particular Barolo, Barbaresco as well as refreshing, fun Asti’s, are among the highlights of this well regarded wine region.
 
Wine zones or appellations:
DOCG: Acqui or Brachetto d’Acqui, Asti or Moscato d’Asti, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Asti, Barbera del Monferrato Superiore, Barolo, Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba or Diano d’Alba, Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore, Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore, Gattinara, Gavi or Cortese di Gavi, Ghemme, Roero,
DOC: Albugnano, Alta Langa, Barbera d’Alba, Barbera del Monferrato, Boca, Bramaterra, Canavese, Carema, Cisterna, Colli Tortonesi, Collina Tornese, Colline Novaresi, Colline Saluzzesi, Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato, Coste della, Sesia, Dolcetto d’Aqui, Dolcetto d’AlbaDolcetto dAsti, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Dolcetto di Ovada, Erbaluce di Caluso or Caluso, Fara, Fresia d’Asti, Freisa di Chieri, Gabiano, Grignolino, Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, Langhe, Lessona, Loazzolo, Malvasia di Casorzo d’Asti or Casorzo, Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Monferrato, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Piemonte, Pinerolese, Rubino di Cantavenna, Ruche’ di Castagnole Monferrato, Sizzano, Strevi, Terre Alfieri, Valli Ossolane, Valsusa, Verduno Pelaverga or Verduno


Unique facts about the region of Piedmont Italy:
Capital: Torino (Turin)
Population: approximately 4.5 million
Piedmont is widely recognized as the wine epicenter of all Italy if not the world.

Provinces of Piedmont (Italia):

Alessandria (AL), Asti (AT), Biella (BI), Cuneo (CN), Novara (NO), Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB), Vercelli (VC)


White (bianco): Arneis, Cortese, Moscato Bianco, Erbaluce, Chardonnay.

Red (rosso): Barbera, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Fresia, Grignolino.



<< Back to list page - Email this Page