Piedmont’s most planted grapes are Barbera (31%), Moscato (22%), Dolcetto (13%), and Nebbiolo (10%), although there are over 20 varieties planted in the area. With 17 DOCGs and 42 DOCs, Piedmont has more protected wine styles than any other Italian wine region, and all wine is top-notch, there are no IGP designations.
For the most immersive experience into Piedmont’s wines, start with a crisp, medium-bodied glass of the Arneis white grape. It’s one of the most respected in the region, and you can see why by tasting a Baracco de Baracho Roero Arneis DOCG. There’s nothing like Barolo for game meat and hearty stews. Made with Nebbiolo, these wines are uncontested worldwide. Diego Conterno Barolo DOCG with bright aromas of tar and roses over a rustic palate is a splendid example. Also, the Virna Borgogno Barolo Cannubi Boschis DOCG from the most important plot in the denomination; it’s a real treasure.