Why Piemonte, Tuscany’s Lovely Stepsister, Is the Perfect Wine Trip Right Now

September 11, 2017

At harvest time in northern Italy, layers of fog drift romantically over hillside vineyards of ripened nebbiolo grapes. Those from five tiny villages near Alba, the sleepy capital of the Langhe region of Piemonte, will go into the countrys greatest red wine, Barolo.

Right now, the crisp autumn air is accented with the odors of wood smoking, pungent, fermenting wine, and the fragrant, earthy-musky perfume of white truffles, sold at an annual marketplace in Alba during October and November.

What could be better than wine and truffles at the source? The combo constructs such regions, the home of the Slow Food movement, a gourmands paradise, especially during harvest season.

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A church spire in La Morra, in Italy’s Piemonte region.

Photographer: rglinsky/ Getty Images/ iStockphoto

A narrow, flower-lined street in Barolo.

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A bedroom at UVE.

Source: UVE

The Royal Master Suite at Hotel Castello di Sinio.

Source: Hotel Castello di Sinio

A chapel painted by Sol Lewitt and David Trimlett, in exchange for a instance of Barolo.

Photographer: Cub Barrett

Chef Enrico Crippa.

Source: Piazza Duomo

A white truffle is shaved over pasta at Piazza Duomo.

Photographer: Chris Rovzar/ Bloomberg

Dining area outside of Ristorante Trattoria della Posta.

Source: Ristorante Trattoria della Posta

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