Wineries and Wine Tours to discover in Piedmont

When most Italians speak of the best wine regions (of the 20 Italian regions), Piedmont is inevitably named together with Tuscany. The most prized Piedmontese wine is the expensive Barolo, but there are many other famous wines to taste throughout Piedmont: Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto d’Alba and Moscato d’Asti. And if you are a connoisseur or a lover of red wines, the less known Grignolino can attract your palate like mine.

Whether you are nearby during the autumn truffle season or you are exploring another time of year, Piedmont is a great area to go for a day (or more) of wine tasting, because there are so many different types of grapes and cellars in fairly close. And there are many excellent restaurants both in the cellars and nearby.

Here are some wineries that are worth looking for during your stay in Piedmont, organized alphabetically by city:

Asti

 

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Reservations: recommended

Tasting: Typically organized as a group tour and tasting, for a fee

Variety: Millesimato, Moscato and others (mainly) sparkling wines

Even if you have already visited many wineries, this tour in the cellar is different because the focus of Contratto focuses on sparkling wines and the different treatment they receive during the ripening process. While they sell many varieties of the typical Moscato d’Asti, do not be discouraged. Many of the sparkling wines, including some Moscato, are quite fresh and well balanced and quite pleasant to drink (even for those of us who usually avoid sweet wines).

Barbaresco

Regional Wine Barbaresco

Reservations: not necessary

Tasting: 3 selections available daily with a small fee

Variety: Barbaresco!

Housed in a former church, this wine bar in the city center has a wide selection of local wines. You can taste only those selected by the Enoteca on a given day, but you can get advice and buy from many local wineries in one place.

Barbaresco producers

Reservations: not necessary

Tasting: free

Variety: mainly barbaresco and excellent grappa

A few steps from the regional enoteca listed above, this winery has a cozy tasting room also central in the city of Barbaresco without reservation. It is a great place to sample the differences in flavor of this variety of years and treatments. And even if you generally do not like digestives or do not think you like grappa, make sure you try the grappa here – after three years of life in Italy, it’s the smoothest I’ve tried.

Barolo

From Milan

Reservations: not necessary

Tasting: free

Variety: Barbera, Barolo, Dolcetto and also a beautiful white from the Langhe

This winery is the perfect combination of excellent production, and a tasting room conveniently located in the town of Barolo. As it was for me, it’s an easy stop if you have a little extra time in the late afternoon or you happen to be nearby and you want to take a trip for a tasting.

Dogliani

Poderi Luigi Einaudi

Reservations: requests

Tasting: Typically organized as a group tour and tasting, for a fee

Variety: Barbera, Barolo, Dogliani, Langhe Rosso, Moscato and Nebbiolo

There are some very tasty single varietal wines from the various vineyards that this winery has acquired throughout Piedmont, including Barbera, Barolo, Dogliani and Nebbiolo. The Poderi Luigi Einaudi also produces an excellent red blend, their Langhe Rosso.

Langhe

Reservations: recommended

Tasting: Typically together with a tour, there is an area dedicated to tasting

Variety: Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, white and red Langhe, Nebbiolo

This is an incredibly scenic winery, with both vineyards and hazels on the property (the Piedmont region is known for its hazelnuts, and I was told that this winery grows the hazelnuts that are used at Nutella during my visit!). Their wines are also excellent examples of the different Piedmontese varieties, and I left with a lot of bottles in the trunk.

As you can see, my wine preferences are quite eclectic, and there are a large number of vines (white, red and sparkling) represented by the cellars listed above. Surely if there is a particular wine you are looking for in your trip, use this list as a starting point to explore more wineries that grow a particular grape. Take the time to visit the website of each winery: many wineries are located in one region but have vineyards in different places, so they produce many different regional varieties.

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