Wine tasting in Piedmont, world-class food, UNESCO World Heritage vineyards

Piedmont is majestic and unexpectedly under-discovered. For all its world-class wine, spectacular scenery, royal heritage, and delicious food, it remains surprisingly un-touristy. Its capital, Turin, is a gem in and of itself, with stately Baroque buildings mixed with graceful Art Nouveau, famous museums, and miles of colonnades. But beyond it is a world to discover.

Head north into the mountains for postcard-worthy views in the National Park Gran Paradiso in the Alps and famous skiing resorts. Or go east and south into wine territory, named a UNESCO World Heritage for its vineyard landscapes. The region has been gaining in popularity for the past couple of years, so now is the perfect time to visit.

Often cited as home to Italy’s most elegant fine wines, Piedmont’s iconic names are also called the “king and queen” of wines, the powerful Barolo and refined Barbaresco. These tannic, complex, and age-worthy wines are made with 100% nebbiolo. The two tiny but rich appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco are located within the larger Langhe wine zone in southern Piedmont. A Barolo winery visit is on everyone’s list, but don’t forget the rest of this beautiful region.

The Langhe is included with the wine-making territories Monferrato to the northeast and Roero as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In these areas, barbera, dolcetto, and arneis are grown in abundance alongside nebbiolo. This grape also makes age-worthy and elegant reds in northern areas like Gattinara, Ghemme, and Boca, among many others.

But Piedmont purportedly has the highest grape variety in Italy, so don’t stop there—head south to Moscato territory for a refreshing taste of sparkling, slightly sweet Asti and Moscato d’Asti; and further south still to the border with Liguria in the Gavi wine zone for the mineral, clean notes of dry, white Gavi di Gavi. We guarantee you’ll find the perfect place for a wine tasting in Piedmont.