Piedmont in northwestern Italy, with Turin its capital city, is home to some of the most renown and widely recognised red wines and grape varieties of Italy. Alba and sourrounding areas have long been the focal point for many wine enthusiasts. However, the historic centre of wine making in Piedmont was located about 120 km north, in Alto Piemonte.
In the heyday of winemaking in Alto Piemonte, about 100 years ago, there were approximately 40,000 hectares of vineyards in full production. Lessona and Gattinara were some of the most famous wines from the area, Nebbiolo based, just like their southern counterparts Barolo and Barbaresco. Today, only 5 percent of this area remains under professional management.
But at present we are witnessing a true renaissance of this unique landscape and its viticulture!