PIEDMONT

The grapevine it is present in Piedmont since Roman age, and It is described by Plinio Il Vecchio with eulogistic words of the qualitative characteristics of it. During the Middle Age we notice an increase of wine-zones, but it is in the XVIII century that It truly starts with a notable agricultural renewal: the cultivation of the grapevine is happily brought to the hill-level.

In the XIX century the Count Camillo Benso of Cavour intervenes to control the vineyards, particularly he lavishes so that the vine variety “pinot nero” is also installed, unfortunately almost annulled then by the fillossera insect

The Piedmont perhaps is the Italian region in which the development of the agriculture has been more tightly tied up to the political evolution. At the beginning of this century people from Piedmont  tried to realize a discipline of the typical wines: from the Piedmont departed the greatest part of the appeals and the proposals for controlling the delicate subject of wine cultivation.

The wine-growing has broadly spread and it was taken care  in every province: it belongs to the custom and the history of this region.
The vineyard is distributed in wide-hill- spaces and raised with care, mainly following traditional methods.

The wine-growing has broadly spread and it was taken care  in every province: it belongs to the custom and the history of this region.

The vineyard is distributed in wide-hill- spaces and raised with care, mainly following traditional methods.

The most popular wines are: among the red wines, the Barbera in the whole region; in the Albese area the Nebbiolo D’A lba that gives origin to other wines such as the Barolo, the Barbaresco and the Nebbiolo, the Dolcetto, the Grignolino, Freisa; among the whites, the Cortese, l'Erbaluce, l'Arneis, la Favorita; and above all, il Moscato. The zone of Alba, the Langa, it  is an environment rich of culture and exciting varieties of wine and cooking.

The Monferrato, that almost includes the whole territory of the province of Asti and part of the province of Alessandria produces a range of  DOC wines  very wide with three dominant qualities: the Barbera of Asti, the Barbera of  Monferrato and the Moscato of Asti. The "new" vines: black pinot, white pinot, chardonnay, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. To the North, near Turin, there is the land of Eporediese where it is produced a wine called Erbaluce; to the South, in the zone of Tortonesi hills bordering  Gavi zone it is famous the white wine called Cortese di Gavi o tout court Gavi.

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