Spotlight on Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera
- Where Barolo wine began in the mid-1800s: The Castle of Barolo
- The rolling Langhe hills, prime turf for the thoroughbred nebbiolo grape
- A detail from Renato Ratti’s map of historic Barolo cru
- Touring the cellars at Ceretto winery
- Ceretto’s main winery is housed in the historic hunting lodge of King Carlo Albero
- Comparing Barolo cru at Ceretto
- The Brunate chapel, artwork commissioned by Ceretto, is now a local landmark
- Our host Giacomo Conterno, one of the brothers at Aldo Conterno, gives a lesson in terroir
- Alfredo Currado of Vietti, who pioneered planting Barbera in prized vineyard sites in Alba
- Winemaker Vittore Alessandria pours at the boutique estate Fratelli Alessandria
- The historic 18th century cellars at F.lli Alessandria, a traditionalist in Barolo
- Chatting with Elio Altare, one of the most influential pioneers of Barolo in the 1970s
- Altare’s wife and daughter provide warm hospitality and great anecdotes during our tasting
- Elio Altare in La Morra is on the eastern ridge in the Barolo DOCG zone.
- Monforte on the western ridge of Barolo makes a more tannic, structured style of Barolo
- La Morra (pictured), Barolo, and Verduno produce more perfumed, elegant Barolos
- XTREME PIEDMONT also includes a visit to Barbaresco
- At the Produttori del Barbaresco, we compare their various cru and vintages
- We also go towards Asti to visit Giacomo Bologna, aka Braida, who revolutionized Barbara
- Another stop is the Wine Bank in Pollenzo, a Slow Food project.
- We lunch on fresh ricotta, aged cheeses, and fresh salumi at an artisan cheese farm.
- Some of Piedmont’s elegant desserts, including bonet, panna cotta, and semifreddo.