Italy

Piedmont

The quality of Piemontese wines is undisputed. Piedmont or Piemonte in Italian, holds the highest proportion of official classified wines in the country, with good reason!

Like many regions around the world, a warming climate has seen vignerons in Piedmont having to refine their viticulture and winemaking to produce wines with freshness and energy.

Piedmont is also home to Nutella, the hazelnuts from the region are insane, the truffles of Alba and the industry titan FIAT.

First Records of Wine Production

Early records of wine production in Piedmont date back to the 14th century. In those days the wines being produced were very different. Sweet reds were the norm. Giuseppe Rinaldi recounting the history of Barolo talks of sweet reds being produced well into the early 20th century. Very different to the great Barolo and Barbaresco wines made today!

Production

Piedmont produces somewhere between 200-300 million liters of wine each year.

Including 42 DOC’s and 17 DOCG’s, the quality classifications the Italian’s use DOCG being the best DOC the next best.

It incorporates an incredible diversity of some of the worlds most stunning vineyards, with significant differences in soil, aspect, influences from the surrounding Alps and water bodies like the Tanaro river in Barbaresco. Such diversity gives us wonderful diversity of wines to drink!

Established Regions

When we think of Piedmont our minds immediately shift to the regions in the south, Barolo and Barbaresco, home to the world’s great Nebbiolo producers. If we add the Roero and Asti into the mix. These cover the majority of the wine produced in Piedmont.

Barolo and Barbaresco are Italy’s answer to Burgundy. Over the last 50-70 years, their vineyards have been well defined and categorised, the push to single vineyard, single variety wines completed. Like Burgundy, a new generation has tried all of the new techniques and now finds comfort with making wines of purity over such as heavy handed extraction and new oak use. Their success, and, the money it has bought has allowed the investment of time into vineyards and practical technologies like sorting tables and temperature controlled fermenters in the wineries.

Up and Coming Regions

The success of Barolo and Barbaresco has seen both the price of the wines and vineyards sky rocket. Drinkers looking for value and wineries looking for affordable land have been moving further afield. It started with the Roero, now we are seeing regions in the Alto Piemonte further north on the ascension. Look out for Spanna AKA Nebbiolo wines often blended with Vespolina from Boca, Ghemme, Bramaterra, Carema, Fara, Sizzano, Gattinara and Lessona. Roberto Conterno of Giacomo Conterno recently took over Nervi in Gattinara now Nervi-Conterno giving you some idea of how the potential locals see in Alto Piemonte.

Most Common Varieties

In addition to the current crop of popular varieties, the Italians have been increasingly looking to save ancient varieties. Not long ago the white Arneis was almost non-existent. You won’t see Nascetta listed in too many wine resources, yet, there is a dedicated group of Piemontese looking to revive this delicious white grape, think Cogno & Rivetto.

Like most regions of the world, we see experimentation with non-traditional varieties too. Winemakers are playing with Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Varieties and Syrah.

White

Arneis, Moscato (22%) often as Moscato d’Asti a low alcohol moderately fizzy wine, Cortese, and, Nascetta.

Red

The big 3 are Barbera (31%) the most widely planted grape in the region and for good reason, Nebbiolo (10%), Dolcetto (13%). Lesser known varieties include Freisia and Pelaverga. In Alto Piemonte use the name Spanna instead of Nebbiolo and you’ll often see them blended with Vespolina. The Italian daily drink is Barbera and Dolcetto, before the more cerebral Nebbiolo.


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Boasso Dolcetto d’Alba 2019

What a lunch / bbq / pizza / everything wine!
$34
$32ea in any 3+
$30ea in any 6+
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Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!
$35
$34ea in any 6+
$33ea in any 12+
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Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2020

The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!
$35
$34ea in any 6+
$33ea in any 12+

Castellari Bergaglio Gavi di Tassarolo DOCG ‘Fornaci’ 2018

Gavi, like Soave, is a wine that takes its name from the region’s main village. The village, Gavi, is in southern Piedmont, bordering Liguria.
$41
$39ea in any 3+
$37ea in any 6+

Boasso Barbera d’Alba 2019

This is Cracking Barbera. Complete & Delicious!
$43
$40ea in any 3+
$37ea in any 6+

Vigne Marina Coppi Timorasso ‘Francesca’ 2020

Cracking wine for the coin & a great intro to Timorasso. The texture here is fascinating. A phenolic layer adds pleasing grip and that oh so Italian silvery line of bitterness that cleans the palate so beautifully. The textural components wrap the mid-weight fruit that's balanced with fine acid and modest alcohol. For an entry level wine there's a fair bit of fun to be had hear with a great set of flavours in the mix. Yet another example of just why Timorasso is rapidly increasing in both pr
$45
$42ea in any 3+
$39ea in any 6+

Cogno Langhe Nascetta DOC del Comune di Novello ‘Anas-Cëtta’ 2019

Nascetta - Italy's answer to Gewurztraminer. Fragrant, spicy and fresh. This is a fun, youthful wine that is drinking well now but could possibly benefit from a little more time to develop, allowing the fruit and underlying structure to better harmonise. Wonderful aromas come swinging out of the glass, with pops of pity citrus, yellow stone fruits, white blossoms and a line of saline minerality. The palate marries ripe, juicy fruit with a savoury lines of lees and spicy white pepper; gentle p
$47
$43ea in any 3+
$39ea in any 6+
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Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba 2018

This comes across more like a Neb than Dolcetto! None of the juby, puppy fat, perfumed, elegant, lovely texture and elevage .. just stunning!
$48
$46ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+

Vietti Arneis 2020

Arneis makes such beautiful wine. Morish and refreshing. A beautiful wine!
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne 2019

Vietti's Barbera d'Asti has an excellent élévage. The 2017 Barberas are delicious drinking!
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

A Langhe Nebb made from young vine Rabajà .. Yes it's true!
$50
$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+

Vajra Dolcetto Coste & Fossati 2018

Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Coste & Fossati is a collection of ancient Dolcetto biotypes grouped by Aldo Vaira between 1979 and 1985. Cuttings were grafted in two of the estate best Barolo vineyards, Coste di Vergne and Fossati. These plants with a ‘red stalk’ create a limited production of the most intense and noble Dolcetto. Fruit for Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Coste & Fossati is picked ‘late’ by Dolcetto standards, usually in second week of September. Hanging period is extensive, than
$51
$49ea in any 3+
$47ea in any 6+
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Cavallotto Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Scot 2020

Dolcetto translates roughly to little sweet one. Many Dolcettos are raw fruit bombs, this by contrast is some seriously well made wine!
$53
$50ea in any 3+
$47ea in any 6+
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Vietti ‘Perbacco’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

Two of the best value Neb's on the market have to be Vietti's Castiglione Barolo and this wine Vietti's Perbacco!
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

Perfumed and dark with a with great presence on palate. Dusty chalky tannins matched with an excellent core of fruit!
$55
$53ea in any 3+
$51ea in any 6+

Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

The Perfect Way to Get an Early Read on the 2019 Vintage!
$55
$52ea in any 3+
$49ea in any 6+