Food and Wine of Piedmont

Between the Alps and the Po valley lies Piedmont which offers a refined and varied cuisine. Piedmont grows fields of risotto rice and supplies 55% of the risotto rice used in Europe, most of it being Carnaroli rice. Risotto with a shaving of truffle is an excellent regional speciality. Truffles are available in early winter, when the mists hang over the landscape giving it a surreal and beautiful quality, deals worth thousands of Euros will be done in the local market place in the early mornings. This region has the largest number of cheeses,“Castelmagno” being the most prized, the wide variety of cheeses come mainly from cow’s milk, although sheep’s and goat’s are also used, to add different flavours and textures, some of the regions cheeses include Seirras which is a type of creamy ricotta , and Salignum a spicy ricotta which contains pepper, and caraway or fennel seeds. There is also Castelmagno which is similar to Gorgonzola with its blue veins and ageing times. The area itself offers a great variety of good food from nuts, mushrooms and truffles, to hunting and fishing, freshwater fish and eels are popular in Piedmontese cooking, bringing wonderful fare to the table. Many of the pasta sauces and dishes will include chicken livers and these are really rich and delicious. Piedmont is famous for it’s high quality Carrù beef which is often served raw with garlic and lemon juice, garlic grows in profusion in Piedmont and features heavily in most of the regions dishes, also typical dishes of Piedmont are “agnolotti”stuffed pasta parcels filled with either cheeses or meats and using very thin sheets of pasta and “bagna calda” a wonderful dish,translated as “hot bath”, it is made by mixing butter,olive oil,garlic and anchovies,heating thoroughly for 10 minutes and served with a variety of fresh vegetables to dip.

Sweets from Piedmont are very popular and also well known, and from the area comes Nutella, Gianduiotto and Marron glace. One can also see the Austrian influence in their love of the “Apfel Strudel”.

The terraced hillsides of Piedmont are ideal for growing grapes and therefore also to wine production. Most of the grapes grown in Piedmont are native to the area and therefore the wines produced from these grapes are unique to Piedmont such as the Barola, which is considered to be the King of Wines and a wine that can trace its roots back to Roman times, Julius Caesar was said to have enjoyed Barola. Other excellent wines of the region include Barbera, Dolcetto, Gattinara, Gavi, Moscato d’Asti, and Nebbiolo d’Alba.

List of Italian DOC wines of Piedmont

  • Asti in the sub-appellations Asti (Bianco) and Moscato d’Asti (Bianco), produced in the provinces of Asti, Cuneo and Alessandria
    Barbaresco (Rosso as normale and Riserva), produced in the province of Cuneo
    Barbera d’Asti (Rosso as normale and Superiore), produced in the province of Asti, with the option to indicate one of the sub-regions:Nizza in the region surrounding Nizza Monferrato
    Tinella in the region surrounding Costigliole d’Asti
    Colli Astiani in the region surrounding Vigliano d’Asti
    Barbera del Monferrato Superiore (Rosso), produced in the provinces of Asti and Alessandria
    Barolo (Rosso as normale, Riserva and Chinato), produced in the province of Cuneo
    Brachetto d’Acqui or Acqui (Rosso as normale and Spumante), produced in the provinces of Asti and Alessandria
    Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore or Dogliani (Rosso), produced in the province of Cuneo
    Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore or Ovada (Rosso), produced in the province of Alessandria
    Gattinara (Rosso as normale and Riserva), produced in the province of Vercelli
    Gavi or Cortese di Gavi (Bianco as Frizzante, Spumante and Tranquillo), produced in the province of Alessandria
    Ghemme (Rosso as normale and Riserva), produced in the province of Novara
    Roero (Bianco as Roero Arneis and Roero Arneis Spumante, Rosso as normale and Riserva), produced in the province of Cuneo
    Erbaluce di Caluso or Caluso (Bianco), produced in the province of Torino
    Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba or Diano d’Alba (Rosso), produced in the province of Cuneo
    Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato (Rosso), produced in the province of Asti
    Alta Langa (Sparkling, traditional method), produced in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo

List of Italian DOC wines of Piedmont

  • Albugnano produced in the province of Asti
    Alta Langa produced in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo
    Barbera d’Alba produced in the province of Cuneo
    Barbera d’Asti produced in the province of Asti
    Barbera del Monferrato produced in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti
    Boca produced in the province of Novara
    Bramaterra produced in the provinces of Biella and Vercelli
    Calosso produced in the province of Asti
    Canavese produced in the provinces of Biella, Torino and Vercelli
    Carema produced in the province of Torino
    Cisterna d’Asti produced in the provinces of Asti and Cuneo
    Colli Tortonesi produced in the province of Alessandria
    Collina Torinese produced in the province of Torino
    Colline Novaresi produced in the province of Novara
    Colline Saluzzesi produced in the province of Cuneo
    Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato produced in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti
    Coste della Sesia produced in the provinces of Biella and Vercelli
    Dolcetto d’Acqui produced in the province of Alessandria
    Dolcetto d’Alba produced in the province of Cuneo
    Dolcetto d’Asti produced in the province of Asti
    Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi produced in the province of Cuneo
    Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba produced in the province of Cuneo
    Dolcetto di Dogliani produced in the province of Cuneo
    Dolcetto di Ovada produced in the province of Alessandria
    Erbaluce di Caluso produced in the provinces of Biella, Torino and Vercelli
    Fara produced in the province of Novara
    Freisa d’Asti produced in the province of Asti
    Freisa di Chieri produced in the province of Torino
    Gabiano produced in the province of Alessandria
    Grignolino d’Asti produced in the province of Asti
    Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese produced in the province of Alessandria
    Langhe produced in the province of Cuneo
    Lessona produced in the province of Biella
    Loazzolo produced in the province of Asti
    Malvasia di Casorzo d’Asti produced in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti
    Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco produced in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti
    Monferrato produced in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti
    Nebbiolo d’Alba produced in the province of Cuneo
    Piemonte produced in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo
    Pinerolese produced in the provinces of Cuneo and Torino
    Rubino di Cantavenna produced in the province of Alessandria
    Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato produced in the province of Asti
    Sizzano produced in the province of Novara
    Valsusa produced in the province of Torino
    Verduno Pelaverga produced in the province of Cuneo
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