This summer I was lucky to be invited to a wedding in Tortona, North-West Italy, region of Piedmont. What better reason could I possibly have found to add a few days to the trip and to explore Italy’s most important wine region (along with Tuscany of course..!)
Piedmont (or Piemonte in Italian) is producing the worldwide celebrated Barolo wines which are unique in their characteristics of high acidity and tannin levels as well as for the aromas of roses and tar. Italy’s indigenous red grape varieties Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto find their best expression here, along with a number of white varieties like Arneis, Cortese and Moscato.
And food.. oh glorious food of Piemonte! Did you know that Alba – a town of only 54 km2 total area and a population of around 32,000 people – is the world capital of truffles? And that it has “only” 14 Michelin-starred restaurants? Rather than writing an essay on all of the culinary delights (non-Michelin, but still awesome) which I was lucky to enjoy during my trip, I will simply let you browse the photo gallery and see for yourself.
WARNING: contains mouth-watering images!! 😉
Producers visited: Ceretto & Giovanni Rosso
First glasses of Dolcetto & Arneis in Alba
At Cerreto winery in just outside of Alba
The view of the viewing platform in shape of a grape.. First stop at Ceretto Winery.. What a view!
300L Fusto oak barrels
Botti, the huge traditional Italian oak barrels
The hospitality zone with a tasting area featuring a million dollar view — at Ceretto Winery
Arneis and single vineyard Barbaresco & Barolo on tasting
Thick legs of Ceretto Bricco Rocce 2009 single vineyard Barolo
View of the Ceretto vineyard & winery
Centro Storico restaurant in Serralunga d’Alba – one of the two meal highlights on this trip
Entrance into Vinoteca Centro Storico
Fantastic lunch at Centro Storico in Serralunga d’Alba – owned by Alessio & his wife, impressive winelist. Clockwise: fresh burrata with tomato & basil, linguine al ragu, veal steak to die for & an obligatory espressito to finish the feast.
Giovanni Rosso winery in Serralunga where 2012 Barolo vintage is ageing in a concrete vat
..while 2013 Barberra is occupying a stainless steel one
What’s the best reason to be stuck between a forklift and a steel tank?
The answer is – wine tasting!
Tasting and tasting and tasting….. tough job 🙂
Giovanni Rosso winery with concrete tanks on the left and stainless steel on the right
As a real wine geek you do what you have to do… tasting the soil of Barolo. Tastes like limestone/clay – how surprising!
A vine in the Giovanni Rosso’s Cerretta vineyard
Having a close look at the flower set on the vines – Thanks to Evan for the fantastic tour!
My designated driver is taking a well deserved break at The Sol LeWitt & David Tremlett Chapel in Brunate, on the vineyards of La Morra, belonging to Ceretto Winery
Lavender & vineyards near La Morra .. Stunning landscapes all around!
The beautiful view of La Morra
and a closeup of La Morra
At restaurant La Sosta in Montabone – an absolute must when in the area!
Savoury cheese cake with tomato sauce
The 2nd food highlight of the trip – LA SOSTA in Montabone – cannot recommend this place enough! Veal Carpaccio
Luca the owner is trying to temp us for black truffles
Fresh black truffles
Local cheeses (goat & cow milk) with homemade chutneys
Parmiggiano & haselnut risotto with fresh black truffles shavings
Landscape near Tortona
One of the many stunning views of the vineyards
No trip without making a new canine friend 🙂