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Piedmont, meaning foot of the mountain, is situated in the North-western corner of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland.
The Alps dominate the landscape of this largely argicultural region, although Piedmont's capital Turin is one of the leading industrial cities in Europe.
Turin retains an historic and charming centre littered with numerous piazzas filled with cafes and museums and bounded by the mighty river Po.
 
Roughly an hour south of Turin is a series of undulating hills that have become known as the Langhe. The name 'Langhe' is plural of the word lange, 
the local meaning of which is 'low-lying hill'. The Langhe has a long history of vinegrowing, with a strong focus on traditional and indigenous grapes varieties such as
Arneis and Pelaverga Piccolo - grown here since the 17th Century.
 
For wine devotees, Piedmont has been long synonymous with Barolo and Barbaresco, made from the notoriously difficult Nebbiolo grape variety. These superlative wines
have established a loyal following amongst international wine collectors. Several other quality red wines, such as Barbera and Dolcetto, are widely grown in Piedmont
and are now too having their turn on the world stage.
 
The respected wine writer Matt Kramer uses the analogy "the Langhe is to Nebbiolo what Burgundy's famed Cote d'Or is to Pinot Noir". Barolo has enjoyed an
exalted reputation for generations and its appeal is encapsulated in the well know phrase describing it as "the wine of kings and the king of wines".
 
A profound Barolo is a truly unique experience with its etheral qualities, complex bouquets and highly original flavours. 
 
It is with great pleasure that I present to you five of Piedmont, and the Langhe's most historic estates. 
Each estate offers their own unique story, one that streches back for generations.
 
Traditional winemaking, family values and a deep respect for the land allows these estates to offer up the finest quality and most memorable wines vintage after vintage.
 
Salute!
Nathan