A little light info to get us all started on Piemonte.
Total Vineyard Size
46,605 hectares is the total regional vineyard including vineyards producing grapes for Quality wine, Table Wine & Table grapes
Dedicated to Quality
40,989 hectares are dedicated to producing grapes for Quality wine.
% DOP / IGP
80% of Piemonte’s wines are produced according to EU DOP Quality standards. Piemonte produces *59 DOP wines including *17 DOCG (top classification) & *42 DOC (2nd classification). They don’t produce any IGP wines.
For now our selection here is a shortened one. The reason being quite a number of Piemonte’s native grape varieties are used for blending purposes only. In order to start our adventure, we’ve listed those grapes which we understand to be available as mono-varietal wines. Naturally as we make our discoveries we’ll continue to keep you posted :)
GAMBA DI PERNICE
MALVASIA DI SCHIERANO
In the northern reaches of Piemonte, near Gattinara and Ghemme, the Nebbiolo grape is known as Spanna. Keep your eyes open for it.
When you see Gavi di Gavi on the label, you know the principal variety is Cortese. Think fresh lemons :)
Versatile variety offering winemakers the option of dry, sweet & sparkling wines. So far we’ve only tasted dry. Bright acidity is key for all three. Must try the sweets & sparklers as we’ve read good stuff on both.
Known in the Roero as Favorita, it is an accepted synonym for Vermentino.
Considered the white variety native to Barolo itself. Mineral foundation with acidity that can run from crisp to tart, depending on ripeness. Suggestions of a come back for this one.
One of the great Italian whites, rediscovered. This has a real wow factor. Elegance, finesse, ageworthy. Check out Vigneti Massa, Claudio Mariotto, La Colombera & about twenty other local producers. Small holdings. Well worth it.
*All data is offered as a helpful guide. Naturally it’s updated yearly. We do our best to stay informed :)