Discovering the Best Wineries and Tours in Piedmont

Wine Tasting Experiences around Turin

A Guide to Exploring the Vineyard Landscape and Unique Grape Varieties of Piedmont

Sabarato Winery - Langhe - Wine Tasting - The Good Gourmet
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The city of Turin, nestled in the Piedmont region of Italy, is known for its rich wine culture and vibrant wine scene. As the capital of wine production for the Piedmont region, Turin is surrounded by a landscape dotted with vineyards, producing some of Italy’s most famous wines, such as Barolo and Barbaresco.
The Piedmont region is also home to a variety of unique grape varieties, including Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto. Wine tourism in Turin and the surrounding areas is a thriving industry, offering a diverse range of experiences for wine enthusiasts and tourists alike.
From the picturesque vineyards of Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato to the bustling wine cellars and tastings rooms, there is something for everyone in this wine-loving region.
This article aims to guide readers through the best wine tasting experiences in and around Turin, showcasing the region’s finest wineries, tastings, and tours that will leave a lasting impression on any wine aficionado.

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La Scolca - Gavi - Italy - Wine Tasting - The Good Gourmet

La Scolca

“The name La Scolca comes from the name “Sfurca” which means viewpoint. In the past there was a farm on the land of La Scolca...

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The vineyard landscape of Piedmont has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, encompassing five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes. This region, located in the center of the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, is one of the most important wine-producing zones in the country.

The landscape is a result of the combined work of nature and humans, reflecting a visual and manual comprehensive social, rural, and urban integration to sustain economic structures.

The area’s historical significance is evident in its cultivation of vines since the 5th century BC, as it was a crossroads along the trade routes between the Etruscans and the Celts, with some wine-related words from those languages still used in the local dialect.

The landscape’s inclusion as a UNESCO site is owing to its aesthetic qualities and historical diversity among the architecture, varietals, soil, and vineyard structure, making it a unique and culturally rich experience for visitors.

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Azienda Agricola Stra - Piedmont - Wine Tourism - The Good Gourmet

Azienda Agricola Stra

Azienda Agricola Stra produces wines that are among the most respected in the Langhe. The famous Barolo, the rare Nas-cetta del Comune di Novello, but...

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Sabarato Winery - Langhe - Wine Tasting - The Good Gourmet

Sbarato Azienda Vitivinicola

The winery was established in 1961 by Pepito Sbarato. We are now in the third generation, still honouring his main principles; quality and tradition. The...

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Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera

The Piedmont region of Italy is known for producing some of the world’s most famous wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera.

Barolo and Barbaresco are both made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, which are known for their fickle nature. Nebbiolo wines can be sold at a much higher price point than Barbera wines.

Barbera is often seen as the “lesser” sister to Barolo and Barbaresco, but it is still an important grape variety in the region. Barbera wines are typically bright, light- to medium-bodied reds that drink well young and are much less tannic than their Piedmont counterparts. Barbera is plummy, high in acid, and low in tannin, making it a great wine to pair with food.

The Piedmont region’s unique grape varieties and commercial production contribute to the exceptional quality and diversity of wines produced in this region, making it a must-visit for wine connoisseurs and tourists alike

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La Bioca - Piedmont - Wine Producer - The Good Gourmet

La Biòca

La Biòca is a small winery located in Serralunga d’Alba, in the Langhe zone. The word “biòca” comes from the Piedmontese language and is used...

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Cantina Stroppiana - Piedmont - Italy - Wine Tasting - The Good Gourmet

Cantina Stroppiana

Cantina Stroppiana is a small family-run company that was born in La Morra, in the heart of the Barolo area. Leonardo and Altea are the...

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Discovering the cuisine of Piedmont

The Piedmont region’s rich culinary tradition is closely intertwined with its exceptional wines, offering a plethora of delectable dishes that pair harmoniously with the local vintages.

When it comes to food and wine pairing, Piedmont’s renowned Nebbiolo-based wines, such as Barolo and Barbaresco, are often complemented by the region’s hearty, flavorful cuisine.

These robust reds are superbly matched with the region’s classic dishes, including tajarin pasta with white truffles, braised meats, and aged cheeses such as Castelmagno and Bra.

The bright acidity and fruit-forward character of Barbera, another prominent varietal in the area, make it an ideal partner for the region’s traditional agnolotti del plin, a delicate pasta filled with savory meats, as well as for roasted or braised meats, and dishes featuring earthy porcini mushrooms.

The Piedmontese culinary landscape offers a wealth of pairing opportunities, allowing wine enthusiasts to savor the exquisite interplay between the region’s iconic wines and its sumptuous, time-honored fare.

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Vigneti in Ca DGa - Asti - Italy - Wine Producer - The Good Gourmetl

Vigneti in Ca’ D’Gal

Ca’D’Gal is an historic winery, built on the hills of Valdivilla, a small hamlet of Santo Stefano Belbo, the heart of the terroir of choice...

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Aldo Marenco - Dogliani - Piemonte - Italy - Wine Producer - The Good Gourmet

Aldo Marenco

The history of our winery is that of our family, the Marencos, firmly rooted in Dogliani, a village in the Langhe that has always been...

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For those seeking to indulge in the ultimate Piedmontese wine and food pairing experience, it’s advisable to explore the region’s diverse array of culinary delights.

From the delicate, aromatic white truffles of Alba to the savory delights of vitello tonnato, Piedmont’s gastronomy is a treasure trove of flavors that beautifully complement the local wines.

When enjoying the region’s Nebbiolo-based reds, it’s recommended to savor them alongside rich, savory dishes, such as braised meats, truffle-infused pastas, and aged cheeses, to fully appreciate their depth and complexity.

Conversely, the bright, fruit-driven character of Barbera wines pairs exquisitely with the region’s traditional agnolotti, roasted meats, and dishes featuring earthy porcini mushrooms.

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Cantine Bevione - Langhe - Italy - Wine Producer - The Good Gourmet

Cantine Bevione Davide

Talking about us is always difficult, because words have no flavour. This is why we prefer to say: drink of us. Exactly there in our...

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Cantamessa - Piemonte - Italy - Wine Tasting - The Good Gourmet

Cantamessa Vini

WHO WE ARE The company, which has been owned by the Cantamessa family since 1870, is still personally led by Cantamessa Aldo who, together with...

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To ensure a successful wine tasting experience, it’s important to know what to expect during a wine tasting tour and how to fully enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

When embarking on a wine tasting tour, it’s advisable to dress appropriately for the event, whether it’s a casual or upscale tasting, and to follow the recommendations of the host.

It’s also essential to eat something before the tasting and stay hydrated by drinking water to maintain a clear palate and enjoy the wines to the fullest.

And don’t forget that it’s important to drink responsibly, especially if driving, and to ask questions and be open to trying different wines to enhance the overall tasting experience.

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