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Top 5 Wineries to Visit in Piedmont

03 Sep, 2018 | by Will Protheroe. | 3 min read
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Clutching the borders of France and Switzerland, Piedmont is one of the most revered classical wine producing regions of Italy. It is in this corner of the country that you will find the ‘Chablis of Italy’ in whites from Gavi, and the deceptively decadent - not to mention typically highly-priced - reds under familiar labels of Barolo and Barbaresco. With Nebbiolo championing the black grape varieties and Cortese the white, the region is also prolific in great value still and sparkling wines that are sure to impress on your trip. Where vines cling to the vast rolling hilltops and the snow-capped Alps line the horizon to the north-east, this mesmeric haven of world-class viticulture should definitely be high on your bucket list of holiday destinations.

Manzone Giovanni

500 metres above sea level in the village of Monteforte d’Alba, it is here that Manzone Giovanni can be found: where Barolo dominates the wines and white truffle the food. Owning vines in two of the most highly regarded sites of Monteforte d’Alba, Giovanni now works alongside his children, Mauro and Mirella, who are both graduates of the highly reputed Oenology School of Alba. With a limited production orientated around excellence, the family nurtures their low-yielding vines on perilously steep slopes, intervening with nature as little as possible by minimising use of chemicals, filtration and clarification. The result? An unforgettable flight of wines, all bursting with individual personalities. Producing predominantly red wines of a very high standard, this is the destination to learn about, and appreciate, the local black varieties of the region.

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La Spinetta

La Spinetta

Fan of fine wine? Look no further. Literally translated as “top of the hill”, La Spinetta, in the Asti area of Piedmont, was founded by Giuseppe Rivetti in 1977 on his return from Argentina. After first producing sparkling white wine from Moscato grapes, the family broadened their vision to produce red wines - with labels that now comfortably head towards the £100+ mark here in the UK. Carrying the ethos that 90% of their work takes place in the vineyard and only 10% in the cellar, the Rivetti family have the ultimate respect for their vines and land. Growing indigenous grapes without the aid of pesticides and fertilisers, La Spinetta is the large scale and highly successful fine wine stop on your tour of Piedmont.

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Ca’ D’ Gal

If you’ve got a sweet tooth or a soft spot for fizz, Asti is the area to get your fill. Low in alcohol and very delicately sparkling, Moscato d’Asti is a DOCG status sweet wine made from Moscato bianco grapes. For four generations, this grape has been the focus of marrying tradition and innovation for one-of-a-kind, artisanal wines. Hailed as ‘the King of Moscato’, Alessandro Boido now runs the estate, seeking to obliterate the humble, inexpensive stereotype associated with Moscato d’Asti by crafting age-worthy, rich, luscious and complex fizz. With the Ca’ D’ Gal estate doubling up as a B&B and restaurant, you can fully indulge yourself here; stay overnight after walking, talking and sharing the wisdom of this unique place.

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Ciabot Berton

Boasting references to the cultivation of vines from 1800 and origins reaching as long ago as 1200, the Oberto family have a far-reaching history in Barolo. After years of trading with merchants and dealers, Luigi Oberto decided to capitalise on the value of his grapes by starting his own winery. With his son, Marco, an oenologist and daughter, Paola, an agronomist, Luigi’s knowledge and experience is combined with new production methods and techniques harnessing two generations of expertise under one producer. Visit Ciabot Berton to see a long established winery with an undeniable heritage in the epicentre of Barolo.

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La Scolca

On land once exclusively suited to black-grape vineyards, the Soldati family decided to plant white Cortese grape vines in the early twentieth century - and the risk certainly paid off. Indubitably loyal to the Gavi area, the family work with vines that are over 60 years old,  growing and harvesting the Cortese grapes with extreme care to produce wines that are soft, slightly nutty, fresh and mineral. Offering just a couple of reds, production here is focussed on the still and sparkling wines made from white Cortese. Visionary and well-practiced in their work, this is the winery if you have a penchant for white wine.

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Has all this made you want to find out more about Italy? Then how about perusing our Food & Wine Spotlight on... Northern Italy feature? If you are looking for a place to stay then perhaps you will be tempted by the stunning Relais di Tenuta Santa Caterina country house and if you fancy a bit of luxury while you are there then maybe this 4-day wine and truffles tour is for you?

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