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The Piedmont region (Italian Piemonte) with the capital Turin is located in the extreme northwest , With more than 25,000 km² land area, she is after the second biggest. The beginnings of viticulture go to that People of the Taurines (who gave the capital&39;s name) and back to the Ligurians. Although the Romans knew already Piedmontese wines (including Gattinara), but the universal scholar and also active as a wine author (23-79) mentions no one in his list of the best , It was not until the Middle Ages that wines became known from here, as minstrels praised the excellent quality
The western part became the Mark Turin in the 11th century and this came under marriage through marriage , Piedmont and thus also viticulture was under French influence for many centuries. In the middle of the 13th century, the name "Piedmont" was first used, which is derived from the French Pié de monte (at the foot of the mountains). The Piedmontese vineyards are located mostly at the foot of the Alps and Apennines on both sides of the broad upper Po Valley. Only in 1815 Piedmont was annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia and finally came with this together in 1861 to the United Kingdom Italy.
The vineyards cover 47,500 hectares of vineyards. A large part lies in hilly area in sun-rich , The most important winegrowing areas are Asti , Carema, Canavese, Caluso, the mountains of Vercelli and Novara and the highest quality hills of Monferrato and Langhe at Alba. There are well over a hundred approved grape varieties (in the 19th century there were even just under 400), many of them are , The most important white wines are Arneis . Chardonnay . Erbaluce . Cortese , Favorita ( Vermentino ), Moscato or Moscato Bianco ( Muscat Blanc ), Pinot Bianco ( Pinot Blanc ), Pinot Grigio ( Pinot Gris ) and Sauvignon ( Sauvignon Blanc ).
The most important red wines are . Avanà . Avarengo . Barbera with around 50% of the total area, Bécuet ( Persan ) Bonarda Piemontese , Brachetto ( Brachetto del Piemonte ) Cabernet Franc . Cabernet Sauvignon . Chatus (Neret Pinerolese), Croatina . Doux d’Henry Doux d&39;Henry Barbera d’Alba Barbera d&39;Alba Barbera d’Asti Barbera d&39;Asti Brachetto d’Acqui Brachetto d&39;Acqui Cisterna d’Asti Cisterna d&39;Asti Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato Cortese dell&39;Alto Monferrato Dolcetto d’Acqui Dolcetto d&39;Acqui Dolcetto d’Alba Dolcetto d&39;Alba Dolcetto d’Asti Dolcetto d&39;Asti Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba Dolcetto di Diano d&39;Alba Dolcetto di Ovada Dolcetto di Ovada Freisa d’Asti Freisa d&39;Asti Grignolino d’Asti Grignolino d&39;Asti Malvasia di Casorzo d’Asti Malvasia di Casorzo d&39;Asti Moscato d’Asti Moscato d&39;Asti Nebbiolo d’Alba Nebbiolo d&39;Alba