"Heaven on Earth" is what they call Piedmont, and the name is very appropriate, at least for those whose passion is excellent food and outstanding wine. Nevertheless, in the "home of the white truffle" there are not only more than 50 Michelin Guide restaurants offering culinary treats but also lots for lovers of culture and nature to do too! Piedmont is a real paradise that offers endless ways for everyone to enjoy an unforgettable holiday.
In this gently rolling countryside covered in vineyards, almost every hill is crowned by a little village, sometimes consisting of only a few houses but always with a church spire reaching up towards heaven, and you really have the feeling that time has stood still.
The vineyards from which such famous wines as Barolo or Barbaresco come are inviting places to go for long walks. The ever-changing ups and downs of the scenery make bike rides an interesting experience. There are vast wine-growing estates were you can taste the fine wines, and picturesque villages with lots to look at: arcaded shopping streets, twisty alleyways, steep steps leading nowhere, churches and palaces.
Piedmont is the home of DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, producers of some of Italy's best wines. Altogether, Piedmont has 42 DOC and 7 DOCG regions (Asti, Barbaresco, Barolo, Brachetto d´Acqui, Gattinara, Gheme, Gavi), the result of a tradition of wine-growing that is centuries old.
As in many of Italy's wine-growing regions, many different grape varieties are cultivated in Piedmont, such as Arneis, Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa and Moscato, but the undisputed star of the region is the Nebbiolo grape, the basis for the famous Barbarescos and Barolos. It is used here to produce world-class wines with strong tannins that keep well.