About Piedmont

It is hard to imagine a more majestic territory than Piedmont, more glorious beauty, elegance and style or a denser cultural landscape.

The diversity of the Northwest Italy's landscape is reflected in an abundance of foods and wines.

In recent times the Decanter experts are ecstatic when it comes to the wines of Piedmont. Piedmont is second to no other region in Italy when it comes to 3 bicchieri awards by Gambero Rosso.

The tours start in Turin, the home of Slow food philosophy. Turin, the capital, is itself the birthplace of grissini, vermouth, the aperitivo and Gianduiotto chocolate.

Piedmont is the rice bowl of Italy and has more DOP (an appelation designation ) products than any other region except Sicily. It includes cheeses like Tallegio, Castelmagno or Robiola, hazelnuts, truffles, porcini mushrooms and dozens of wines.

Nature

Piedmont is located at the foot of the Alps and its countrydside is diverse: from the majestic peaks of the massifs of Monte Rosa and of Gran Paradiso, to the flat rice paddies of its southern areas, from Lake Maggiore and L'Orta to the hillsides of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato are located in the province of Cuneo, alongside river Tanaro. In June 2014, Langhe was listed on UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural landscapes, its beauty and the winegrowing and winemaking traditions. It was Piedmont 3rd UNESCO listing.

Culture

Piedmont's territory is abundant with architectural monuments, palaces, castles, fortifications, museums, abbeys and churches adorned by superb frescoes and its 15 Residences of the Royal House of Savoy were added in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. One of the most impressive abbeys you will every see is the Sacra di San Michele, Symbolic monument of the Piedmont region". The book The Name of the Rose was inspired by this monumental abbey.

Piedmont will show its visitors buildings, dishes and wines found nowhere else. Few regions produce a wider range of wines from such a small palette of grapes as Piedmont. And yet, these famous wines are a relatively recent invention.

The wine

Wine Tours in Piedmont, Italy

When it comes to the wines of the region, Piedmont is known for both its quality and diversity. With as many as 58 DOCG and DOC zones, Piedmont has the highest percentage of classified wines of any region in Italy; this is the place for seriously good wine.

The vinous heart of Piedmont is the renowned areas of Barolo and Barbaresco, regions with an ancient winemaking tradition, now rightly regarded as producing some of the best wines in the world.

But the range of high quality wines, be they sparkling, white or red, sweet or dry, is extraordinary. It will be our pleasure to acquaint you with a number of these wines; Piedmont provides the sort of experience that reveals wine as an art and defines greatness without a word.

Labyrinths of wine cellars cross the precious hills like underground bunkers and enoteca boasting thousands of wine brands and bottles worth thousands can provide an overwhelming experience.

Wines included in our tours will be representative of the places we visit. There will be Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbera or Moscato. Barolo, the King of Wines comes from Piedmont and it’s made from a grape which takes its name from the fog surrounding the place in autumn, nebbia. This fog apparently has its part to play in the making of this powerful wine.

The Food

Langhe, Piedmont Day Wine Tours Piedmont wine and food are inseparable and this region is devoted to pleasing the senses. Its delights are strong, rich and somehow autumnal in flavour and all compete to please the inquisitive taste buds. Country of long meals, eating in Piedmont is a joy.

Piedmont is in an exceptional gastronomic district, it’s got a University of gastronomical sciences and is the birthplace to the new-wave, trendy Slow Food movement which focuses on preserving traditional and regional cuisine.

Piedmont food is about local produce including large selection of superb cheeses - each valley has its own, with at least 9 DOP cheeses - Castelmagno, Murazzano, Robbiola di Roccaverano or Gorgonzola as some of them; the hazelnut, Nocciola di Piemonte, truffles, at their best in autumn, endless list of home-made dishes – agnolotti, beef braised in Barolo, vitello tonato and bagna cauda. All matched with top wines.

We will enjoy the diversity and quality of the local produce - truffle, porcini mushrooms, artisan cheeses and hazelnuts in Alta Langa.

What to see

There are numerous places to see and things to do in Piedmont. Art exhibitions, cinema reviews, theatre, music and dance, sporting events, feasts, fairs, folk festivals, food and wine events, historical re-enactments, international trade fairs, concerts, themed exhibitions...and lots more. These are the ingredients of the rich programme of events on offer in Piemonte each year.

A brief list of recommendations include visits to:

  • Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  • Langhe and Monferrato wine regions
  • Visit some of the most beautiful villages in Italy
  • Northern lakes; a garden in Verbania, on the shores of Lake Maggiore is considered to be the most beautiful garden in the world
  • The islands of Piedmont's Lakes
  • Turin
  • Trips to the Alps. There are beautiful valleys that cut into Alps - with some of them favourites for the Giro D'Italia itineraries.
  • Events

    Antique Markets

  • February - Venaria Reale, Turin – Belle Epoque
  • March – Cherasco, Cuneo – collectors markets
  • May – Cherasco – vintage furniture
  • July – Cherasco – vintage music records and books
  • Oct – Cherasco – vintage toys and Art – sculpture and paintings
    Cuneo – chestnut festival

    Sagre

    If you really want to see how the Italians in regional Italy live, add a sagra to your calendar, or, plan your visit to Italy around sagre. A sagra can be one of the most fun, authentic evenings you’ll spend in Italy.

    A sagra is a festival organized by a community, usually an entire town and almost always centers around a specific food or dish. Most of these foods or dishes are local specialties, e.g. truffles, cherries, chestnut.   Or around a Saint day. Here is some of them.

  • May – Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso -  Il Barbaresco a Tavola – 3 Fridays in May, a celebration of the Barbaresco new release; Garessio (Cn) – Spring festival; Dogliani – Cherry fair; Alba – Nutella
  • June – Cherasco  festival; Roccaverano – polenta festival
  • July - Neive –Citabiunda fair; Roddino (Cn) – Fiera del Tartufo nero
  • August - Melle (Cn) – Tumin cheese;  Murazzano – Murazzano Do’; La Morra – Open cellar doors; Cortemillia – Hazelnut (Nocciola) fair
  • September - Asti - Festival delle Sagre – 2nd wkend of September;   Dogliani D.O.C.G.; Cocconato Festival 2nd weekend; Serralunga d'Alba - Festa della Cugnà, 3rd weekend in September; Vezza d'Alba - Tartufo e dei Vini del Roero; Cherasco – snail fair (Cherasco is famous for farming snails, heliciculture).
  • October -  Bossolasco – Chestnut fair (Castagnata); Alba - Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba; Alba - Donkey Palio ( Il Palio degli Asini)

  • November – Narzole (Cn), Napoleon festival; Vezza d'Alba (Cn), Tartufo Bianco Roero wine; Cherasco – chocolate markets

    Historical re-enactments and carnivals

  • February – Saluzzo – Carnival
    A special event is held in Cherasco every year to celebrate the peace treaty of 28 aprile 1796, between Napoleon and the kingdom of Savoy. Date to be advised.
  • June in Canelli, Asti re-enactment of a XVII century battle and a town siege September is held - Palio Asti.
  • October - Alba - Donkey Palio ( Il Palio degli Asini)
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