Piedmont produces some of Italy’s the most noble and world renowned wines, such as Barolo and Barbaresco, but it is also home to many other indigenous varietals such as Barbera, Dolcetto, Ruche and a native white called Arneis, which means ‘little rascal’ referencing the grape’s difficult nature.
Winemaking in Piemonte is amazingly artisan and boutique. Production is microscopic, especially for the top wines, and most wineries are family owned. Vineyards tend to be very small and neatly kept. As at Vezza d’Alba, in the heart of the Roero region, over three generations of the entire villages are dedicated to wine production and wine. The Demarie Giovanni family has been running their domain with expertise and true passion for winemaking. Among the family vineyard’s productions is a Langhe Nebbiolo with a bouquet of wild violets and Morello cherries and a palate of mellow red raspberries, strawberries and anise. The Boeri family vineyard nestled in the winemaking town of Costigliole d’Asti produces an award wining Barbera, Pörlapà Superiore, whose name literally translates to “Wow!” This wine is the premiere bottling of Boeri. Aromas of strawberry jam, tar, and deep dark fruits, whole on the palate it is juicy and spicy bursting with red and black fruits with much complexity from time spent in oak barrels, and a fabulous lingering finish.