The northerly region of Piedmont is home to some of the longest lived and most storied wines of Italy. It is famous for Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Moscato. Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto grow particularly well in the region of Alba. Nebbiolo most notably flourishes in the Langhe region, especially in Barolo and Barbaresco. The foggy mornings and warm afternoons make an ideal climate for this notoriously fickle grape.
The complexity of the climate of Piedmont, which is nestled at the foot of both the Alps and the Appenine mountain chain, creates a wide style of wines. Not only does the heavily tannic Nebbiolo grape thrive here, but so does Moscato, one of the most delicate wines of Italy. The famed Moscato d’Asti wines are ethereally light, florally perfumed and slightly sweet. They are often used as a perfect accompaniment to light desserts, such as sorbet or gelato.