Ruchè: The Autochthonous Piedmontese Grape Revived by a Local Priest From Near Extinction to Highest Italian Appellation

Ruchè is a native black grape indigenous to the area of Castagnole Monferrato in Piedmont which ran the risk of extinction if not for the foresight of the parish priest of the village. It was never given importance oenologically as it was only consumed as table grapes, or used in blending to refine wines because of its aromatic profile, or to produce sweet wine for … Continue reading Ruchè: The Autochthonous Piedmontese Grape Revived by a Local Priest From Near Extinction to Highest Italian Appellation

Nas-Cëtta: Reviving a Great White Grape of Piedmont That Almost Went Extinct

Nas-cëtta or Nascetta is a semi-aromatic white grape that originates from the small town of Novello in the Piedmont region of Italy. Cultivated in the area for hundreds of years, it almost went extinct if not for the perseverance of a handful of wine producers of Novello who believed in its great capacity to become one of the greatest white wines of the region. It … Continue reading Nas-Cëtta: Reviving a Great White Grape of Piedmont That Almost Went Extinct

Nebbiolo and Arneis of Roero DOCG of Piedmont, Italy: Why They’re in My Glass

Piedmont ranks the first in having the most number of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) wines in Italy, which pertains to the excellence of quality and authentic viniculture representative of the region. A wine with this denomination signifies a particular qualitative value that is cultivated and produced from specific grapes cultivated in designated viticultural areas. Piedmont can be internationally known for its most … Continue reading Nebbiolo and Arneis of Roero DOCG of Piedmont, Italy: Why They’re in My Glass

Pairing Tenuta Montemagno Invictus 2018 with Pan Seared Pork Chops and Smashed Potatoes

Nestled on the hills of Monferrato in Piedmont, Tenuta Montemagno is a producer of wines belonging to some of the acclaimed wines in Italy. Proprietor Tiziano Barea opened the winery and a relais in a restored 16th century farmhouse fitted with modern technology. Amidst the 100-hectare property, surrounded by rolling hills, hazelnut orchards, and sunflower fields, 17 hectares are dedicated to the cultivation of authochtonous … Continue reading Pairing Tenuta Montemagno Invictus 2018 with Pan Seared Pork Chops and Smashed Potatoes

Villa Tiboldi in Piedmont: Malvirà Wines, Gastronomy and Vineyards

Villa Tiboldi presents its guests a breathtaking view of neatly combed rows of grape vines in the vast soft green hills of Roero. A walk from the parking lot to the hotel and restaurant is just a preview of what is yet to open up at the main house. There is a sprawling terrace with large umbrellas giving shade to the tables in the outdoor … Continue reading Villa Tiboldi in Piedmont: Malvirà Wines, Gastronomy and Vineyards

La Crota Restaurant’s Piedmontese Culinary Identity with Le Strette and Cascina Gilli Wines

Authentic flavors of Piedmontese tradition make up the kitchen of La Crota Restaurant. Recognized for recreating the experience of tasting the most authentic and genuine Langhe cuisine, Chef Danilo Lorusso perseveres in highlighting the richness of the flavors of his region by reviving old dishes and bringing his personal touch to the kitchen. Meaning wine cellar in the local dialect, La Crota is now reaching … Continue reading La Crota Restaurant’s Piedmontese Culinary Identity with Le Strette and Cascina Gilli Wines

Pio Cesare Winery: Keeping the Family Tradition of Barolo & Barbaresco From 1881

When successful entrepreneur Cesare Pio founded the Pio Cesare Winery in 1881, he had one thing in mind – to produce high quality wines that represent the terroir of the Piedmont region from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco. Today, in the year 2020, after 139 years, the winery is still in the hands of his fourth and fifth generation family descendants with a much … Continue reading Pio Cesare Winery: Keeping the Family Tradition of Barolo & Barbaresco From 1881

The Different Expressions of Nebbiolo in Piedmont, Italy

Referred to as the king of grapes in Piedmont and the variety that makes one of Italy’s world-renowned wines, Nebbiolo is a true embodiment of elegance, power and ageability. Although there are several indigenous grape varieties present in this northwestern corner of Italy where 44,579 hectares of vineyards are being cultivated, Nebbiolo establishes its best definition in this land. Depending on the composition of the … Continue reading The Different Expressions of Nebbiolo in Piedmont, Italy

The Barolos of the Langhe Hills: Cascina Amalia in Piedmont, Italy

The Boffa Family had an aspiration when they created Amalia Cascina in 2003. After acquiring an early 20th century farmhouse in Monforte d’Alba in Langhe and its surrounding vineyards, they decided to cultivate Dolcetto and Barbera. After all, they are in the Langhe hills, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Langhe is a wine growing landscape that enraptures the eyes with its soft hills filled … Continue reading The Barolos of the Langhe Hills: Cascina Amalia in Piedmont, Italy

Cannubi, A “Grand Cru” of Barolo: Damilano Winery in Piedmont, Italy

History, heritage and tradition are three factors that complete the excellence of Damilano wines. Founded in 1890 by Giuseppe Borgogno, Damilano is one of the oldest wineries in Barolo where the king of wines has been in production for centuries. But it wasn’t until the following generation, through the hands of Giacomo Damilano, his son-in-law, did the winery turn towards the innovation of generating quality … Continue reading Cannubi, A “Grand Cru” of Barolo: Damilano Winery in Piedmont, Italy

Luxury Hotel in the Roero Hills: Castello di Guarene in Piedmont, Italy

What a wealthy nobleman built in the eighteenth century from an existing Medieval castle for seven centuries still stands with its original splendor on top of the hills of Roero while it dominates the town of Guarene. The castle went through a redesigning and rebuilding by Count Carlo Giacinto Roero di Guarene who was an important aristocratic figure in Piedmont and also an amateur architect. … Continue reading Luxury Hotel in the Roero Hills: Castello di Guarene in Piedmont, Italy

Casa Vinicola Fratelli Casetta in Alba (Piedmont), Italy

When Ernesto Casetta speaks about his wines, you can easily get lost in his stories and the wealth of information that he provides. He has a lifetime of experiences where ups and downs in viticulture formed him into what he and his winery is now. He comes from generations of family with roots in Roero since 1725 where viticulture has always been a main activity. … Continue reading Casa Vinicola Fratelli Casetta in Alba (Piedmont), Italy

La Madernassa Ristorante in Guarene (Piedmont), Italy

The madernassa pear, the fruit that found its home in the town of Guarene in Roero, gave way to the name La Madernassa Resort wherein the trees grow bountifully in the garden. The resort was opened in 2003 by Fabrizio Ventura as a wellness place with rooms, a restaurant and a picturesque view of the Langhe of the Guarene hills positioned in the heart of … Continue reading La Madernassa Ristorante in Guarene (Piedmont), Italy

Roero Days 2018 in Piedmont, Italy

We are in Roero, in the region of Piedmont, at the northwest part of Italy. Positioned in the picturesque area of the Rocche and arriving to the left bank of Tanaro River, the landscape of Roero welcomes you with distinctive series of hills dotted with a number of magnificent castles, fruit orchards and combed vineyards. This hilly area is known for the production of Roero … Continue reading Roero Days 2018 in Piedmont, Italy