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Wines of Piedmont




If you’re looking for an excuse to walk around with your head in the clouds, Italy’s Piedmont region is your place. First of all, it’s stunning. It’s surrounded on three sides by the Alps (Piedmont means “at the foot of the mountains”) and the rest of it is covered with hills and plains. The region lies in the Po River valley and is home to one-third of Italy’s population. It’s also home to many of Italy’s finest wines.

In the mornings, cool air from the Alps meets the warm air from the Mediterranean and fills the area with fog that slowly burns off during the day. The land higher up on the hills get more sun exposure, so prime vineyards cluster there. The fog conveniently provides moisture to the vines. The Nebbiolo grape loves this arrangement. The two internationally acclaimed wines made from these grapes are Barolo and Barbaresco; named after their place—two hilltop villages in Piedmont.

Barolo has been called the king of Italy’s wines. It’s a bold wine, aged for at least 18 months in barrel and released after 3+ years of aging. Collectors line up for the best vintages. Barbaresco is located a mere ten miles from Barolo. The daily temperature shift is not quite as dramatic here and the soil is different. Both of these factors contribute to Barbaresco usually tasting lighter and less tannic (and many will argue, more approachable) than Barolo. It’s required to age 2+ years.

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Italian Wedding Soup and wine from Piedmont Pairing

A perfect pairing...

A warm bowl of classic Italian wedding soup and thick sliced crusty bread is the perfect pair for wines from Piedmont.

If you’re wondering what to serve with these wines, we say go big. Consider rack of lamb, braised short ribs and prime rib with rich mushroom sauces. If you have shaved truffles, all the better. Whatever you do, sit back and savor the story. Piedmont’s Nebbiolo wines were poured at the tables of the Roman Empire.

Winemaker Profile
Franco Conterno

After tasting around 125 wines in Peidmont, many of the top wines selected in each category had something in common; they were all from the same family owned winery, Franco Conterno. We just had to meet the people behind these incredible wines. The Conterno’s invited us into their home to break bread and make conversation while assuring the Conterno name would be well represented in our stores. When it was time to leave, a lasting friendship and partnership was solidified with one of the premier wine makers in Piedmont.

The Conterno family have been producing wines of uncommon elegance and prestige for several generations. The estate of around twenty-five acres of vineyards is located in the heart of the Langhe hills, in the Bussia area of the village of Monforte d'Alba.

The unlimited attention dedicated by the Conterno family to these wines comes to fruition as they ferment in the winery at low temperature with constant rackings and then age in oak casks in the quite of the cellar. Today the vineyards are worked using traditional growing methods by Franco Conterno, assisted by his wife Vilma. Great respect is shown for the environment and the area's outstanding microclimate, combined with skillful, traditional vinification, give Franco Conterno's wines remarkable, unique tasting properties.


Great Finds From Piedmont

Exclusively at Heinen's

Franco Conterno Bussia Barolo Riserva 2007
Barolo "Bussia" Riserva D.O.C.G. 2007

- 100% Nebbiolo Grapes
Estate Grown

Food Pairing: Great with pheasant or mild meats.
Franco Conterno Barolo Pietrin DOCG
Barolo Pietrin D.O.C.G.

- 100% Nebbiolo Grapes
Estate Grown

Food Pairing: Pair with braised meats and medium aged cheeses
Franco Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
Langhe Nebbiolo D.O.C.

- 100% Nebbiolo Grapes
Estate Grown

Food Pairing: The perfect pair with tortellini with meat or Fontina cheese.
Franco Conterno Barbera d Alba DOC
Barbera d'Alba D.O.C.

- 100% Barbera Grapes
Estate Grown

Food Pairing: Perfect with ragu and game dishes.
Carlo Boffa Barbaresco
Barbaresco D.O.C.G.

- 100% Nebbiolo
Estate Grown

Food Pairing: Excellent with grilled red meat and aged cheeses
La Smilla Gavi
Gavi D.O.C.G.

- 100% Cortese di Gavi Grapes
Estate Grown

Food Pairing: Recommended as an aperitif with appetizers and fish-based dishes