Piedmont, the second-largest region in Italy, is home to some of the world’s finest wine production.
Michèle Shah looks at how this very complex region functions.
The new trend-setter among whites
is the rare Timorasso grape found in the
area of the Colli Tortonesi. Almost rendered
extinct by phylloxera, it has been revived
by a growing number of producers in the
Colli Tortonesi DOC. “The soils are rich in
limestone and fossils which, together with
the saline rains from the closeness of the sea
and the thermal underground springs, yield
a wine rich in minerality and acidity, making
Timorasso a deliciously ageworthy wine,”
explains Paolo Ghislandi of Cascina Carpini, a
winery established in the Colli Tortonesi.