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Class 6: Traveling the Old World

Piedmont, in northwestern Italy, is a rich agricultural region known for many types of produce, from meaty hazelnuts to fragrant truffles.

Wine lovers know Piedmont for its famous growing regions and the wines named after them, especially Barolo and Barbaresco. They are two of Italy's finest reds. Beyond these bottlings, the range of Piedmontese wines is astonishing, from dry, crisp whites to fresh fruity reds to sweet and sparkling wines.

Except for Barolo, Barbaresco and a few others, most Piedmontese wines are named for both the grape variety and the region where they are grown. For instance, Barbera d'Alba is the Barbera grape from the Alba region.


Climate and Geography

Tucked against the Alps, Piedmont means "foot of the mountains." The imposing mountains dominate the region's landscape...

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