piedmont

Alps, Valleys & Top-tier Wines
Piedmont, in Italian, means at the foot of the mountain. It was originally inhabited by Celtic tribes, which were later absorbed by the Romans. When Hannibal destroyed the Celtic capital, Taurasia, the Romans rebuilt it in the same location giving its streets the grid pattern that still characterizes Turin today. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Piedmont underwent the fate of much of Italy – by a sequence of invading hordes from the east and north.
With 46 different DOC and four DOCG areas, Piedmont is the region that produces the largest number of best known, noble, and world-appreciated prize-winning wines, such as Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Grignolino, Malvasia and Asti Spumante among others.

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Another distinguished characteristic of Piedmont is that most of its wines are produced on family estates made up of relatively small parcels of land. The main grape grown here is the distinguished Nebbiolo, which is the base for the famed Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara among others. Its name derives from the word nebbia, or fog, because of a velvety, whitish coating over its berries in addition to the fact that it grows in an area where, at ripening time in September, heavy morning fog is a given and the humidity that it provides gives the grapes an ideal habitat. The production of strong reds is predominant in this landlocked, mountainous region and are the perfect complement to the rich and hearty cuisine featuring white truffles, fonduta (which is a variation of the Swiss cheese fondue), rice, meats, pastas and stuffed vegetables.
That said though, among the whites the Asti Spumante achieved national fame thanks to Carlo Gancia, who learned the Champagne method in Rheims, France, and applied his newly acquired knowledge experimenting with Moscato grapes.
This wine is perfect with the rich pastries and fine chocolate products such as the spumone piemontese, a mouse of mascarpone cheese with rum or panna cotta, a smooth rich cream, and the gianduiotti, the lingue di gatto, (cats tongue), and the baci di dama (ladys kisses). 

 

The company introduces itself as a novelty in the prestigious wine world of Piedmont, but its origins lie in the tradition.
Being an important Barbaresco producer, it owns one the most beautiful vineyards in the Cru Rio Sordo, absolutely one of the most prestigious cru of this wine.
It is currently under direction of Guido Martinetti, the son of Franco, which results in Cascina Bruciata’s elegant and concentrated style of the family’s great wines.

 

Azienda Agricola Cascina Chicco is the proud interpreter of the Roero civilization. Located in the heart of the Roero, backed by a solid tradition of wine-growing, the company has come through acquisitions structuring of vineyards in the best areas of the Roero.
To the 8 acres located on the historic jugs of Canale (Anterisio, Mompissano) were the additions of farms from Vezza d’Alba (Valmaggiore), Castellinaldo (Granera Alta, Bric Loira) and, more recently, Castagnito (Costa).
Today the Cascina Chicco leads directly to 20 hectares of vineyards, strictly from the hills, with fine productions of Arneis, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Roero, Barbera d’Alba, Favorita and Brachetto.

 

At the gates of Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of the Barolo area on the slopes of Bricco Boschis is the Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto , which covers an area of 25 hectares of which 23 are under vine. Here we find an area that favors wine grape growing with a perfect microclimate and ideal mineral composition of soil from marl and calcareous sand.
Cavallotto is a family-run vineyard of over five generations and in 1948, continuing the work of Giacomo Cavallotto and the wine-making of Guiseppe Marcello, the cousins Olivio and Gildo were the first to begin marketing and selling their wines, whilst continuing the work of their forefathers by devoting themselves to winemaking and cultivation of the land.
To this day, the children of Olivio – Laura, Giuseppe, and Alfio – continue to grow the wine grapes grown especially on the estate, following the legacy of producing these D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. wines that gain much accolade.

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Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto and the winery is known as the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Italy. In fact, the “Metodo Classico” 1919 Contratto Extra Brut was the first vintage sparkling wine ever made in the country.
The winery has a long, distinguished history. At the turn of the 20th century, its wines were leaving Canelli for destinations all over the world (predominantly to royal houses), and Contratto was the personal supplier to the Vatican as well as to the Italian Royal Family. Awards and medals from international exhibitions and contests of the time emphasize why the name of Contratto has long been synonymous with prestige and quality in the world of sparkling wine.
Being a producer based in the Piedmont region most of the prestige of the land lies in red wine, and while their current production has completely shifted to making sparkling wines, a small quantity of their past vintages remain as a legacy and testament to quality.

 

The prestigious estate of La Scolca was taken over between 1917 and 1919 by the great-grandfather of Giorgio Soldati who, to this day, still leads the company together with his daughter Chiara, the fifth generation shown to the third millennium.
In ninety years of activity the passion for wine has turned into profession, but the passion for Gavi is not tailed off. With the wine appearing La Solca Gavi Wine has become a Cult and has conquered the world, but has never betrayed its origins and its characteristics.

La Scolca D.O.C.G. Gavi “La Scolca Oro”

white wine
2010
750ml

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La Scolca, D.O.C.G. Gavi “Villa Scolca”

white wine
2010
750ml

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La Scolca, D.O.C.G. Gavi Di Gavi “Black Label”

white wine
2010
750ml

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