The just completed 2019 Vinitaly offered an adequate showcase for the 12 denominations of this incredible excellence. It is perhaps the wine with the deepest roots in the hills of the Piedmont Region and its inhabitants. The “Dolcetto” is the wine of the daily meal, the wine that, with the Barbera, once the “Turinese” and the “Milanese” went to buy in good quantities combining quality and price without too much marketing.
Wine is just one of the many reasons of pride of this region. Grapes and territory go hand in hand in Lombardy for centuries. Noble and ancient populations such as the Etruscans and the Ligurians contributed to the development of Lombard viticulture, probably due to the introduction of terraces in Valtellina, which in fact are very reminiscent of those found in the Cinque Terre.
The corkscrew, born about three centuries ago together with the spread of the use of cork, has solicited inventors’ imagination: hundreds of models have been designed, from the simplest, a screw-type gimlet to be inserted into the cap, to the type butterfly, lever, double spiral, up to the most recent Screwpull.
“At the foot of the mountains”this means Piedmont and this is precisely how the Region presents itself. But the mountains are just one aspect. Piedmont offers many scenarios to its visitors: vineyards, rivers, lakes, modern cities, medieval villages, ancient castles. It is here that some of the finest wines are born, not only in Italy but also in the world.
Sicily is a territory rich in history, art and culture, but also a region with deep and ancient wine traditions. The viticulture of Sicily, for many years aimed at obtaining cutting wines (high gradation and large quantities) has made remarkable progress in recent years, achieving remarkable results in the oenological field.